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The Heron Maiden

Karyukai - the very secretive flower and willow world of the Japanese Geishas. Each Geisha is like a flower, beautiful in her own way, and like a willow tree, gracious, flexible and strong. For many locals, even those living in Kyoto, the closest they have come is perhaps glimpsing a Geisha alighting from taxis and quickly disappearing behind a nameless sliding door. The Geiko Tomitsuyuu enjoying the peace and serenity of the quiet temple room. She thinks of her music and her dance. The scene is like a fairy tale, the Heron Maiden...

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Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Copyright: © Robin Yong
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