Everybody who visits Kyoto heads to Gion in hopes of seeing geisha. The narrow streets and curtained entryways make the district feel secretive and romantic - a perfect stalking ground for what came next.
We came around a corner to see this geisha walking down the street, and no fewer than a hundred people gathered around to take her photo. She looked down demurely, but made a hasty exit into a restaurant, where the proprietor called a car to pick her up and whisk her away from us gawkers.
The very next day we happened upon these maiko (apprentice geisha), who were as demure but slightly less reticent about the shutterbugs.