In Kyoto, a Call to Not Trample the Geisha

Maiko and local residents say foreigners seem to view the entire Gion area, which preserves much of the traditional appearance of Kyoto, as a huge theme park and to believe that the maiko in the streets are on duty for the tourists.

“They are not performing for tourists,” said Mr. Yamamoto. “They are simply traveling to and from the venues of the party where they are working.”

“We are not like a Mickey Mouse in Disneyland,” said Mameharu, another maiko, walking along Hanamikoji street.

via In Kyoto, a Call to Not Trample the Geisha – NYTimes.com.

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