This is the first of three tayū in a procession down the street outside Josho-ji Temple in Kyoto. The little bit of green you see just over the tayū’s left shoulder is actually the robe of a man standing right behind her who is holding a very large umbrella to prevent the sun from falling on the tayū. The two red blotches farther in the background are two young girls who attend on tayū.
What you can’t see are the security guards in front of the tayu holding a bar across the street so photographers like me can’t get too close. You also can’t see the crowds of people on either side of the street or the police officer a few feet behind the tayu’s right shoulder who was wearing a very bright white reflective vest that ruined all the photos he was in!
I have received several questions about tayu since I posted the photo of Kisaragi Tayu last Sunday. I’m afraid I don’t know much about tayu even though I have encountered one personally, but what I do know I will share with you now….