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