Today is February 25, which means it’s time for the annual Baikasai Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto. As I write this, the geiko and maiko of Kamishichiken are serving tea to the people who attend. It’s probably a bit larger crowd than usual since today is a Sunday, and the crowds are already quite large!
Katsuru of Kamishichiken
I’m sure many photographers will be posting photographs in the coming hours and days of this year’s Baikasai all over social media, but I am posting a portrait here from 11 years ago of the then maiko Katsuru. As I searched through my archives looking for an appropriate photo, I was struck by just how young Katsuru looks here. I hope you enjoy the portrait as well!