A doll dressed in a costume for Miyako Odori, an annual dance performance staged by the geisha and maiko of Kyoto’s Gion Kobu geisha district. Since the Miyako Odori takes place in April and is closely associated with cherry blossom season, this doll is holding a branch of cherry blossoms in her right hand.
Misedashi of the two minarai of Tama okiya today!!!!! (Source)
The minarai of Tama okiya become maiko today! How sweet they are! (The maiko Mameharu is in behind and the maiko Mameryu is in front) I just do love the atmosphere of this photo! Ryu and Haru seems proud! Congratulations :D
Tomitsuyu is one of the Maiko we photographed on my recent Japan Photo Tour. The group experienced a banquet with Maiko, Geiko and Jikata attending and agreed to leave cameras behind for the night so that we could fully experience their artistry. The artists themselves were surprised and delighted to be dancing without cameras firing. The next day, however, we had a lengthy shoot arranged so were able to photograph two maiko, inspired by our experience the night before. Tomitsuyu is one of the many Maiko and Geiko I have been photographing over the last few years. It is a pleasure to witness her developing presence as she studies and practices her art. The book is in its final stages now but final publication may well be a year away.