To experience geisha culture you must head to Kyoto. Under 100 Geishas still remain in the city, living and working in the traditional tea houses as they have been for 200 years. The first geishas were men, and were highly trained and talented entertainers, experts in the arts of music, dance, poetry and conversation. The white face was a symbol of class as well a way to ward off unwanted evil spirits. Covering up the body with layers of fabric but leaving the neck unpainted was just one of the many ways femininity was expressed.
Part of a 16 shoot series “Kodawari” for Mint Images.