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Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 21 February 2007 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

These (probably not real) Geishas were outside Ginkakuji (The Silver Temple), posing for pictures. The clearly visible wig is one of the signs that they're not genuine, but they're quite a sight none-the-less. The one on the left looked quite demure I thought, hence the title, and the early evening sun cast a beautiful warm light. I felt like such a tourist photographing them, a strange feeling after 4 years here.
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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

top marks for this one Stu, I wish I was there to take pictures too, regards Dimitrios

21 Feb 2007 7:09am

badala from Leiria, Portugal

The girl has a resplendent smile and it is beautiful.

21 Feb 2007 8:23am

Manuela Photography from Hainburg (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Lovely smiles! How come their wigs are so obvious?

21 Feb 2007 8:58am

@Manuela Photography: I wish I had an answer to that Manuela! ;-)

Duncan Galbraith from kyoto, Japan

haha! nice take stu! love those fright wigs of the gives the girls a 'lobotomized' appearance to their foreheads! Lovely smiles though, even with a couple of fright wigs they look most elegant.

21 Feb 2007 10:50am

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21 Feb 2007 11:23am

Yvon from Meerkerk, Netherlands

Despite the tourist feeling and the visible wigs, it is still a very lovely picture of two beauties. Well done.

21 Feb 2007 12:27pm

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Cool shot Stu! Well done!

21 Feb 2007 3:07pm

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful portrait, the warm light is beautiful as you said!

21 Feb 2007 3:17pm

kaveh from TEHRAN, Iran

nice portrait! I like Japanese's traditions and I like to be there. meanwhile I practice AIKIDO (Domo arigato gozaimas`ta)

21 Feb 2007 8:32pm

Adiemus from Christchurch, New Zealand

I feel like a tourist whenever I bring out the camera and I've lived in NZ all my life!
Great photo, with an amazing light and their pose is really lovely.

21 Feb 2007 9:28pm

Dawn Sutherland from Phoenix, United States

What a shot Stu, love it!

21 Feb 2007 9:51pm

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Heh, looks like you've struck fool's gold! Or you would have if you really were that tourist that didn't know better. It's a nice pic and the out of focus background blends harmoniously. But those wigs!

22 Feb 2007 4:12am

@Damon Schreiber: I know mate.......shocking aren't they!?

Sidonie from Sydney, Australia

I feel as though I could just reach out and touch those exquisite kimono fabrics - this shot is outstanding!

22 Feb 2007 9:47am

Craig Persel from Montreal, Canada

Yep ... gorgeous. :-)

22 Feb 2007 1:02pm

Michelle Bialowas from Melbourne Victoria, Australia

Fantastic - lovely, lovely tones.

23 Feb 2007 12:38pm

Daniel from United States

If they are real ones, they look like maiko apposed to geisha. Nice shot.

25 Feb 2007 4:39pm

C!arch from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

I study Architecture, so have learned about Silver Temple. It's so wonderful! No words can say... :-)

18 Mar 2007 1:48am

Anup P from Bangalore, India

Lovely shot. I didn't know that Geishas are still present. My only knowledge about them is through reading Memoirs of a Geisha

24 Apr 2007 1:16pm

@Anup P: Thanks Anup! Yeah, the Geisha and Maiko are still around, however these ones aren't real - they're just for the tourists. I was lucky enough to see two real ones dancing at my friend's wedding last month though. It was quite hypnotizing, I can tell you! Very few people are lucky enough to see them nowadays, sadly.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

outstanding colour and clarity!

18 Aug 2008 4:53am