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Robert van Koesveld
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Travel & Cultural Photographer
Travel & Cultural Photographer

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I first met Tomitsuyu back in January 2013. In a one day she will make her transition to geiko after more than five years of determined study and so much hard work as a maiko. She is looking forward to becoming even more skilled in the traditional singing style.
She has been performing a special dance for the last two weeks that requires her to show the pain of lost love. Her teacher has told her to let the emotions inform the dance and her movements rather than the reverse. The dance is certainly very moving and beautiful.

I have always been interested in the special quality of ‘presence’ in my work, as well as in exploring deep cultural traditions. Tomitsuyu certainly has presence. The development of real artistry is ongoing and Tomitsuyu is conscious that standards and expectations only increase with the coming transition.

My first meeting five years ago began a process that included my book ‘Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto’ as well as assorted other projects. The links for the book are on my website.
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26/05/2018
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Padma Shangchup,73, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who conducts specialised chuba rituals for cremations. Unable to become a monk during the years of the cultural revolution, he finally took vows at 44, leaving his family and children. He spent 20 years living in caves, with very few possessions, traveling all over China and Tibet while learning the powerful rituals that enable the soul to pass on after death.
A man who radiates humour and joy, he says that spending years around death has taught him much: Death is close to us every moment, life is precious, if you plant barley you can’t harvest wheat.

Having lost his eye in a childhood accident with bow and arrows he remains best friends with the archer
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24/03/2018
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Three images from time I spent researching locations in Dubai with Shukhrat from ShuGha Photography. He has made a really great video of our time together which I just posted over on my Facebook Business Page:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertvanKoesveldPhotography/
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2/28/18
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Not that long ago I spent a great afternoon working with Katsuna from the Daimonji Okiya in Kamishichiken. She is a jikata now, having made the transition directly from maiko to jikata. She had a strong music background before coming to the kagai. That afternoon was in part a test shoot for another project of mine. I was delighted by her warm professionalism and now just as delighted with the images. Looking forward to future work together.

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24/02/2018
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Three quick edits while on the train to Tokyo before heading to Hokkaido tomorrow.
These are from last nights setsubun fun, one of the many special times in Kyoto’s yearly calendar.



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04/02/2018
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These were the top ‘liked images’ from Instagram over 2017… best wishes for 2018

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Down by the River: Kolkata
During Durga Puja there were some very busy times down by the sacred River.
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(I post much more regularly there now)

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Ladakh: Milking is a daily task for high grassland nomads, as is herding both yaks and goats up to the even higher pasture. Follow me on Instagram @robertvankoesveldphotography (I post more regularly there now)
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There is a new interview with my about my Geiko Project out today over on Japan Objects.

https://japanobjects.com/features/geisha-maiko

Also if you haven’t caught up the the latest issue of Kyoto Journal it’s worth ordering a copy. It’s a fabulous issue, as well as having an article of mine on the Kagai’s central role in keeping Geiko traditions vibrant.

https://kyotojournalcurrent.org

#geiko #maiko #kyoto #geisha #kagai
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Gold fever - when I was on the Tibetan Plateau a little while ago it was the time when looking for Cordyceps fungus was possible. Schools closed and families took to the high country to find the incredibly valuable crop used in Chinese medicine. It is painstaking work crawling along trying to spot the small shoot emerging from the fungus which invades its grub host. The markets all had their small groups of earnest traders and sellers examining each worm and communicating prices in a secret hand language.

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