Reportage – Geisha: Art and Person

Japanese society, always tried to keep a line for dividing them
from others trying to avoid contaminations from other cultures

During years, clearly some influences did occur
such those arriving from Europeans and the United States
and this lead to a change in society and habits

One of the few figures which was only slightly affected by these influences
was the Geisha and today women and girls continue
to choose this path even if their number is negatively affected

Today, indeed, what concerns geishas world has changed
but strict rules are still observed for dresses
hairstyles, make-up, music, dance and singing

The photos here, are mostly presenting Gion, a neighbour of Kyoto
where an ancient atmosphere can be perceived even today
despite modern changes

We can notice, how the particular dim lights are fading behind big neon
signs, cars and motorbikes lights passing through the main street

where before were passing only the jinrikisha (rickshaws)
and even behind the same photographers’ flashes
trying to steal glances of geishas world…

Fabrizio Bonifazi — Geisha: Art and Person — Reportage – Instagram/fabrizio.bonifazi  – Web www.fabriziobonifazi.com