Photographing a geisha in Kyoto is prohibited 2

Photographing a geisha in Kyoto is prohibited


Silk kimonos, attractive hair accessories and impeccable make-up: For many tourists, geishas are traditional Japan. However, souvenir photography is prohibited in Kyoto.

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People pull out their cell phones to take pictures of the geisha.

Either secretly or too intrusive: The locals are rude tourists who want to grab a photo of a geisha at all costs, a thorn in the eye. Your complaints now lead to a photo ban. (Photo symbol)

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In Kyoto's historic cityscape with canals, temples and traditional architecture, geisha nests and complete the perfect postcard of the Imperial City. It inspires tourists who want to experience the land firsthand between modernity and tradition.

Seemingly close: Some are said to have pulled kimonos from Geisha and even touched them. In addition, getting into private property and blocking roads and sidewalks became a problem. Residents and traders have been complaining in recent years, according to a report by Japan's Japan Today newspaper, increasingly on the behavior of foreigners.

Tourists are drawn to the old Gion district of Kyoto

It's harder to get around now: On October 25, the city imposed a ban on photography in the Geisha neighborhood, but only on private sidewalks. If you do not comply, you will face a fine of 10,000 yen, which is almost 83 euros. How exactly this checks and how to penalize payment is not yet known.

Plus, you can still paint like on the Tatsumi Bridge. Where visibly dressed geishas are increasingly found. According to Instagram user Tara Baraja, this Maiko (training geisha) gladly posed for tourists.

Also between the wooden houses on the most popular street, Hanami-kōji, clicking is still allowed.

Photos of geishas are only allowed to a limited extent – it's important to remember

In doing so, you should act with respect for women, after all, behind the costume is a human rather than an emotional tourist attraction. Although the job of a geisha taught her to entertain and interact with other people.

Last year, 31 million people traveled to Japan – many of Kyoto's old entertainment district, Gion, are on the bucket list.

If you have similar plans, keep in mind the following: Don't just get in the way, don't touch paper lanterns or other delicate items. Don't bother looking behind the mysterious bamboo walls – living and living in Gion, your home is taboo for you.

And if you are already in the land of kindness, take the example of a master: Beautiful and reserved, and at best geishas (including Geiko) and Maikos for a photo-friendly address.

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