The maiko (apprentice geisha) Fukuya prepares to open the Reitaisai Hono Buyo Festival at the Heian Shrine.  Dances were performed by four of Kyoto's five kagai (geisha) districts in dedication to the arrival of spring.  Text and photography by Michael Chandler (momoyama) on Flickr

The maiko (apprentice geisha) Fukuya prepares to open the Reitaisai Hono Buyo Festival at the Heian Shrine.  Dances were performed by four of Kyoto's five kagai (geisha) districts in dedication to the arrival of spring.  Text and photography by Michael Chandler (momoyama) on Flickr