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July 13, 2011

Kyoto Files: Maiko Watching the River Stream On

The maiko in the picture stands looking at what probably is the Kamo River in Kyoto. She stands on a "noryu yuka," one of the terraces built by restaurants in the hot and sultry summer over the river bank so that people can enjoy the evening breeze.

[Uploaded to Flickr by Okinawa Soba]

The long obi like the wings of a butterfly is typical for maiko. The realistic deer woven into it is a rare fashion statement... The photo is probably from the 20s or 30s of the last century.