After our visit to Fushimi Inari, we met maiko Ichisumi for an afternoon tea ceremony and traditional dance presentation. I know very little about maikos and geishas, and so I was looking forward to this experience. Maiko-san moved so gracefully, that she made tea preparation look like a dance.
At the end of the presentation, we were given a few minutes to ask maiko-san some questions. Most of the questions were about her routine and preparation (hair, make-up, kimono). We were surprised to find out that she was only 16 years old, and that it took her over a year of training before she debuted as a maiko. The last question we asked her was, “what made her decide to become a geisha?”. She said being a maiko and a geisha will allow her to experience many things that most people will never get to experience.
We’ve had a long day of sightseeing and this was our last stop before heading back to the hotel. The tea ceremony was an amazing and memorable way to end our first day in Kyoto.
All photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Streetcandy ATM 400
It was midday when we arrived at the parking lot near Fushimi Inari Taisha. We passed by several food stalls and souvenir shops on our way to the shrine. It was crowded and the hike took longer than we expected. We only had an hour to spare, and so we made sure to see and walk through the tunnel of torii gates before visiting some of the shrines.
Photos shot with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Street Candy ATM 400
It was raining heavily when we left our hotel in Osaka to kick off our Japan trip. The first destination of the day was Todaiji, a Buddhist temple complex that houses the world’s largest statue of Buddha Vairocana. We arrived at the temple just after 9AM, and even with the downpour there were still hundreds of people who came to visit. I only managed to shoot a few frames, as I found it difficult to hold the umbrella while trying to focus the lens.
Photos taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/2 on Street Candy ATM 400
We spent about 20 minutes looking at the aircraft display outside Hill Aerospace Museum. We were pressed for time and needed to get back on the road again. I could only manage to shot a few frames.
Color photos were taken with Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color film ISO 400 (expired). Black and white photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired).
We stopped by Jackson Hole, Wyoming on our way to Salt Lake City. We saw Grand Teton as we made our way into the city center. We had a quick lunch and checked out some of the shops nearby the restaurant. After an hour and a half, we’re back on the road again.
Color photos were taken with Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color film ISO 400 (expired) and Kodak Portra 400. Black and white photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired).