the gion district


紅匂ふ (Kurenai niou, “the scent of crimson”), by Yamato Waki. This manga is based on Geisha Mineko Iwasaki’s story (also see Geisha of Gion)

The young Tamako, youngest of 11 children, is sent at very young age to Gion, Kyoto’s geisha district. The story follows her from minarai to maiko’s age, until she finally becomes a geiko - making her geimei “Sakuya” shine.

Depending on the edition, this manga comes in 3 or 4 volumes (the 3 volumes covers mark the 3 major stages of a maiko’s life, from junior to sakkou).


Leica Store Kyoto (Explored) by Rekishi no Tabi
Via Flickr:
Famed German camera maker, Leica, opened its seventh store in Japan on March 15, 2014 in the Gion geisha district of Kyoto. This new shop, along with the one in Tokyo’s Ginza district, will serve as Leica’s two flagship Japanese shops. For its new Kyoto store, Leica renovated a two-story 100-year-old traditional machiya townhouse, keeping the building’s original structure and storefront exterior. retaining the exterior and the original structure. I believe this was once an ochaya teahouse where geisha entertained guests.


Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社,) by sanmai
Via Flickr:
KYOTO, JAPAN - April 1, 2011: Paper lanterns with the names of festival sponsors by Yasaka Shrine in Gion District, Kyoto, Japan. Every summer it hosts Gion Matsuri, the most famous festival in Japan.


Romantic Movie Scenes
[3] Memoirs of a Geisha 2005
Director: Rob Marshall
In 1929 an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo from a fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto’s Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy of Hatsumomo, until she is rescued by and taken under the wing of Hatsumomo’s bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha’s mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II looms Japan and the geisha’s world are forever changed by the onslaught of history.