A Maiko

  • Photographer
    Inge van Mill
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studios
    Inge van Mill Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    April 26th of 2018
  • Technical Info
    1/80, ISO 4000, f 5, full sensor

Japan. Kyoto. April 26th 2018. A Maiko is crossing the street and passing tourists in the Gion district. The traditional culture and today's society are coming together. The geisha tradition is still being exercised. Traditionally a Geisha begins their training at a young age. Some girls were bonded to geisha houses (okiya) as childern. A Maiko is an apprentice and is therefore bonded under a contract to her okiya. A Maiko will start her formal training on the job as a minarai, which literally means 'learning by watching' at an ozashiki. Later a Maiko will become a Geisha.

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