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Maiko (apprentice geisha) Takahina shelters from the rain under a red umbrella. Photo by Michael Chandler.

Jūnihitoe, antique kimono, the so called twelve-layer robe from the Heian era, Japan.

Junihitoe is a kind of formal kimono developed in Heian era. I fall in love with it since the first time i see it from manga(for example Genji Monogatar. Hime in Junihitoe


Jordan Duvall - ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Jordan Duvall drew inspiration from the orient. Drawing elements from the Asian culture.


Photo/Direction: Zhang Jingna Model/Actress: Chiaki Oshima Assistant: cwfineart Makeup: Chiyo Hair: Miho Tokyo, Sakuran II: Image collected in my ph.


Dressed in formal, black kimono maiko (apprentice geisha) from the Miyagawa-cho district of Kyoto, Japan visit tea houses and teachers to wish them a happy new year. In front the maiko Fukuhiro with Fukue, Fukuho and Fukuya behind.


japanese bride in white kimono carrying a white oriental parasol (umbrella)

cherry blossoms

), geiko (芸子) or geigi (芸妓) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance-maiko are apprentice geisha by Sam Ryan

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Miko are women in the service of Shinto shrines (at the biennial Sanno Festival in Tokyo).The translation of Miko is "woman of god" (chosen by, or totally devoted to, the gods), but the closest meaning is "shrine maiden." Photo by tokyobling.


The part of town where you'll likely see a geisha. It's more common to see the apprentice "maiko" than a geisha. Most people mistake a maiko for a geisha. Maikos wear a dangling obi and dangling hair ornament while geishas do not.