24 July 2014

Hanagasa junko 2014

Satsuki, portrait

Everyone was talking for over a year about seeing Satsuki during Hanagasa Junko. And here she was. And no one was disappointed.

21 July 2014

Geiko Miharu

Geiko Miharu

I had not seen Miharu since 2010 (click here) when she was still a -shy- Maiko.
She became a lovely Geiko, full of energy and a real entertainer.
I am grateful to her for the great pictures and portraits. Here is my favorite one where she was trying not to laugh...and eventually failed.  Enjoy!

Gion Matsuri 2014 #2

Geiko Koyoshi

I had not seen Koyoshi as Geiko yet. Great to see her on Hanamikoji while waiting for the Mikoshi to be carried from Yasaka shrine.

17 July 2014

Gion Matsuri 2014 #1

Satsuki, watching the parade

I enjoy Gion Matsuri every year as much as I did the first time. It's always impressive, a unique atmosphere and a beautiful parade.
But again today, there was a chance to see Satsuki chan attending the parade. So when it comes to taking pictures, I mainly focused on her rather than on the parade...

Last year pictures here
And the same in 2011

3 August 2013

Hanagasa Junko 2013 #2

Kanoyumi, portrait

Difficult to select my favorite shot from Hanagasa this year, but I like this beautiful smile from Kanoyumi from Gion Higashi.

24 July 2013

Hanagasa Junko 2013 #1


Hanagasa dance performed by Geiko from Pontocho

As every year, Hanagasa parade concludes Gion Matsuri festival. This year Maiko and Geiko from Pontocho and Gion Higashi participated to the parade and performed the Hanagasa dance on Yasaka temple stage for a wonderful finish.

20 July 2013

Gion Matsuri 2013 #4

Satsuki chan, portrait

She looks stunning. I remember seeing Satsuki when she was still Luna, a minarai early 2011 (see here). She already looked great but I couldn't imagine she would become such a beautiful Maiko. And again, I am so grateful to her, she is so patient and friendly despite of all requests.

An angel

19 July 2013

Gion Matsuri 2013 #3

Geiko Kyouka, Gion Matsuri

Geiko Kyouka waiting for the next hoko. This time she didn't take her camera.
Great to see her. Always friendly, accessible and full of energy! As always, I am grateful to her as well as Sayaka and Satsuki for their kindness and wonderful photo series.