If Japan has a face, you'll be sure to find it in the Gion district of Kyoto next to Yasaka, because it is here that the geisha or geiko as they are called in Kyoto live and work. Contrary to popular belief, geico are not prostitutes. Yes, many of them once came from poor families, especially in the nineteenth century, when the community was in vogue geiko, beacoup of them had powerful patrons males. They are trained in the arts of dancing, singing, and especially the conversation. Today, very few remain geiko, less than 1000 practice in Japan. "Geisha are so beautiful and shocking to see in the streets," says photographer Darren Keith. "They are stoic, with an amazing posture given their high shoes. Sometimes they are surrounded by the crowd, but for the most part they roam totally free. "Yasaka Shrine Jinja is also worth visiting.
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