I was looking through my pictures from my stay in Japan, and I thought I should post some of the images I never used.
This is a photograph of the maiko Marie (ma-ree-eh) during her misedashi, her debut as a maiko. The pathway she is taking is the famous entryway to the Masuume teahouse [link]
. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful and unique entryway out of all of Kyoto's teahouses, and in the bright summer light it became a little oasis of green admist the latticework of the surrounding teahouses.
Marie has unfortunately quit the profession, but this must have still been a very magical experience for her.