At the end of my last post on the double misedashi (debut) of the maiko Yuriha and Tatsuha in Gion Kobu, the two girls had just been dressed in their kimono and given some advice by Tama-san, their geisha mother.
Everyone left the room and went downstairs except me. It was a lonely feeling, especially after the room had just been full of so much energy and such good feelings.
I took a minute to get all my gear in order, proceeded to top of the staircase, looked down, and stopped. There was literally no place for me to go.