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Monday, July 23, 2012

Geishas in Kyoto

Geisha Search in Kyoto
Gion

It was around sunset on a Monday evening in Kyoto.  We went for a stroll through the quiet streets in the Gion district. From what I hear, Gion is the most famous district for spotting geisha in Kyoto. We hung around for some time, strolling back and forth through the quiet streets with discreet teahouses on every corner. After observing traffic for a while, I became aware that I was not the only American around. In fact, I came to find that it’s the traditional looking wooden townhouses called machiya that bring in a lot of tourists. These homes are extensive behind a small, misleading façade. Built narrow in the front, they extend back about 65 feet. This kind of architecture dates so far back, it existed even before the year 1000. 
 We spotted our first geisha. Two of them strolled down the eerily quiet street. I wondered where they were off to. 
Another cool sighting to cross off my bucket list! See a real geisha live in person, CHECK!

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