Geisha & Maiko of Kyoto: Beauty, Art, & Dance

John Foster

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This exquisite collection of photographs and interviews focuses on four of Kyoto's most beautiful geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha). First, the geisha and maiko were photographed at Kyoto's largest geisha dance performances and other important dances. Next, portrait sessions were held with each woman to capture the kata (forms or poses) of her favorite dances. The geisha and maiko were then interviewed about their photographs, giving the reader a rare insight into their artistic training. Finally, images follow one maiko from her last few days as an apprentice through her first few days as a geisha. Never before has the change from maiko to geisha been documented so completely. The result is a collection of 149 gorgeous photographs that shed light on these exquisitely beautiful women like no other book before.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 149 color photos | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764332210

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John Foster is a photographer and writer from New York City. He has lived in Japan for eleven years, and he has authored two books on traditional Japanese culture.