2012 was without a doubt my golden age of maiko photography, and it came in my tenth year photographing maiko and geisha. It was a pinnacle for several reasons.
The biggest reason for my success was that I was photographing three of Gion Kobu’s most senior maiko at the time: Takahina, Mameharu, and Manaha.
In this photo, Mameharu is at the front of the line in the light blue kimono. Takahina is to her right in the pale green kimono, and she is talking to Makino and Manaha, wearing a light brown kimono.
This image shows the hierarchy of maiko in Gion Kobu quiet clearly. The more senior maiko are at the front of the group (frame right), and the younger and newer maiko are in the back (frame left).