Tuesday, December 31, 2013

my fave pic from 2013

It is a point of shame that I have posted so little about my trip to Japan in March/April. I am in a dilemma as to whether I should write about my more recent trip to the Arabian Gulf first, as it is fresher in my memories. The Japanese cherry blossom photos and the Qatar desert photos both seem incongruous to me when life here and now is all about fur-hooded parkas, shoveling snow and surviving tomorrow's -23˚C forecast.

This is my favourite photo of the ones I took in 2013. I took it on a sidestreet of Higashiyama, Kyoto on April 5th. These ladies are not geisha. They are domestic tourists who went to a geisha costume service and then hired a rickshaw to go sightseeing around the traditional geisha area. It is common to see in western Kyoto. Fake geisha though they are, this pair posed demurely and stayed in character. Only the digicam held by the rickshaw driver reveals the true context.

Faka Geisha in Higashiyama, Kyoto

I like this photo because Kyoto is my favourite city and I love that is totally acceptable for us tourists to lose ourselves in the culture and tradition of the place. I think the photo represents that.

And a moment later, before the driver had the ladies on the move again.

Faka Geisha in Higashiyama, Kyoto


Masahiko said...

Kuzuzangpola! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am very happy to reach you finally because I guess you were the first follower of my blog four years ago. You have a very interesting blog. Photos are also wonderful. I am looking forward to your new post. Masahiko from Havana

Ms.April said...

I moved to Tokyo for college, and since then, I've traveled all of Japan, except for Hokkaido (which is on my urgent to-do list!). Kyoto is definitely where you can get to experience the "true Japan"! :)

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