The Gion district of Kyoto, home to most of the remaining geisha (called geiko here) in Japan, is what most tourists think of when they think of Kyoto. Though the wooden buildings have undoubtably burned down several times since the district’s birth five centuries ago, Gion emanates with history like no other place in Japan….
One highlight of a Kyoto trip involves a chance encounter with a maiko (geisha apprentice) in the streets of the Gion district where they live and work. Maiko are such popular photography targets for tourist paparazzi that there are signs in Gion asking tourists not to bother them. Any maiko seen on the streets of Gion are…