Gion (Geisha district), Kyoto

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Gion (Geisha district), Kyoto Reviews

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If hunting for Geisha in Gion on your things to do list - Why don't you be one of them? Sep 09, 2011
If hunting for Geisha in Gion on your things to do list - Why don't you be one of them?

There is no other place like Gion if you want to transform into beautiful and iconic Geisha - like the people did as the shogun era. If you like Japan culture, if you enjoy the kimono in Memoir of Geisha, this will make a truly memorable experience by using the historical geisha district as backdrop.

My photo package allowed me to walk outside after studio shoot. This is the fun part! (But the prerequisite was to have someone who can help you to take photo or you can do an outdoor photographer package). I felt more lively when I walked outside the studio and used the historical place as backdrop make me feel special. But the funniest part was you need to expect a lot of tourist will take photo for/with you as they are so excited to see the "geisha" - Even I definitely look like a tourist Maiko as I couldn't walk properly in wooden platform sandal! When I returned to the studio it was before 4pm. And by the time I washed off my make up (foam and basic cosmetic provided) and got dressed, the beautiful photo album and CD-R was ready for me :)

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You have to visit ! Apr 24, 2011
The Gion area is located between Shijo-dori and Kenninji Temple and extends south to the Kamo River. It is where the famous geisha and maiko reside and entertain, and visitors usually crowd Hanami-koji Street in hopes of seeing one. The buildings are all traditional and there are cherry blossoms in some areas to make it pleasant regardless.

Typically, the best time to see them is after 6 PM when they begin to go out to wherever it is they are going to entertain for the evening. There are no guarantees that you will see any, and they typically try to avoid the tourists. If you do see one, don't get so excited that you forget your manners; while they are cultural icons, they are also people, and some tourists seem to forget that and start pulling on their clothes, stopping them, surrounding them, and behaving in all sorts of terrible manners. Geisha and maiko have complained more and more in recent years about aggressive tourists harassing them. Don't be one of these!

In many instances, they will walk and disappear into a building or taxi so quickly that have to appreciate them with your eyes rather than your camera. If that's the case, don't be disappointed! Most visitors will never see any, so if you are able to see one, you've done well!
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Posted on: Apr 24, 2011

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