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A Snapshot of One of the Few Remaining Geisha in Kyoto

True geisha are increasingly rare, but if you're very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of the few surviving practitioners of these ancient arts in Kyoto's Gion district, as photographer Cedric Arnold did.

Published on Oct 24, 2018

In Kyoto’s Gion district at dusk, you might catch a quick glimpse of a geisha walking out of a teahouse, swiftly
ushered away, disappearing like a ghost. Here, a taxi driver was waiting beside his car as the wooden teahouse doors slid open. A kimono-clad geisha seemed to float forwards, her face covered in full makeup and hair dressed in the traditional Shimada style. The taxi driver circled his car, closing the doors as soon as the geisha and her assistant were safely inside. And off they went. — CEDRIC ARNOLD


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