Alison Wright
This series of photos depicts an apprentice maiko, Komomo or “little peach,” in training with her onee-san “older sister.” Yachiho-san is a fully trained geisha, or geiko as Kyoto’s geisha are known. I was invited to enter the mysterious world of these artisans and access some private time with the girls as they prepared for their evening functions. Watching their interactions I came to understand the public’s fascination with their mesmerizing beauty and delicate, ephemeral mannerisms.
Kyoto, Japan
This series of photos depicts an apprentice maiko, Komomo or “little peach,” in training with her onee-san “older sister.” Yachiho-san is a fully trained geisha, or geiko as Kyoto’s geisha are known. I was invited to enter the mysterious world of these artisans and access some private time with the girls as they prepared for their evening functions. Watching their interactions I came to understand the public’s fascination with their mesmerizing beauty and delicate, ephemeral mannerisms.

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