Three geishas in Gion, Kyoto, Japan 03 Nov 2017
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Few things are as emblematic of Japan as the geisha. Although often misconstrued to be high-class prostitutes, geishas are in fact highly trained companions and entertainers. Traditionally well-heeled men used geishas, but now they frequently appear at tourist events. Gion is Kyoto's famous pleasure quarter, or geisha district. Here you will find many well-preserved wooden buildings, teahouses and shops.
This article was originally published on March 11, 2016