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18/08/2017
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Yukiko Oyama practices for a forthcoming exam. She returned to archery three years ago after having enjoyed it at high school.

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Rainy Day Women
It was a fine night in Gion, despite the rain, on my first day in Kyoto. The streets in the rain are always special at night and I got to play with different lenses, so it was a perfect start to a fortnight in Kyoto.
Geiko and maiko always work hard but with three performances in their Odori during the day, followed by lots of bookings on this busy Saturday evening, it must be doubly so right now.

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The opening of the kabuki season
(temporarily moved to the Pontocho theatre during earthquake proofing renovations) brought five morning migrations where groups of Geiko and Maiko, glided in, swan-like in their precision and elegance.

Each kagai has it's own day and the theatre is also busy with lunch bearing bike riders providing splendid picnics for the breaks. (1/3 in set)

Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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There is a reason people go to the top locations in Kyoto...
But also go beyond the top ten...Visit some of the other 1000 temples, better still hire a good local guide. Take one or more of the wonderfull, deep Kyoto walks https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Kyoto-Walks-Pico-Iyer-ebook/dp/B00KFM2J0C. Also always check for Geiko and Maiko performances which are often available.

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An image from my book: Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto is from the Odori section and I really encourage all visitors to Kyoto with an interest in this world to check if there are Odori performances happening at any of the five theatres, one in each kagai. I schedule my visits around them where possible.
My book is just now being distributed in Australia through Penguin/Random House so can be ordered from '*all good bookshops*' in Australia or via the the Fremantle Press site. https://www.fremantlepress.com.au/products/geiko-and-maiko-of-kyoto?taxon_id=18
It is also available in Kyoto.
International orders are available through my site robertvankoesveld.com

#odori #maiko #Geiko #Kyoto #artists #dance #performance #robertvankoesveldphotography #japan #japaneseculture

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Stopping to smell the .... blossoms
Geiko, Toshimana was really keen to be photographed with the sakura at the very end of our long costume shoot, yesterday. She has been so busy with her three performances each day in the Miagawacho odori and her busy schedule afterwards, that she had little time to enjoy it this year. Toshimana is featured on the cover of my book and it was really fantastic to work with her again. www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/

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November Special Offer on Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto - Free Postage to Japan and Australia
As I will be in Japan for 3 weeks I can extend my free postage offer to Japan as well as Australia.
Go to www.robertvankoesveld.com/shop/
Then use the discount code ‘freejapan’ or ‘freeaustralia’ when you order.
(Shipping for the rest of the world via DHL is at a much reduced rate of $A15)
The Book won a Gold Medal and was awarded the ‘Photo Book of the Year’ in the Canon -AIPP Awards

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