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Kyoto Girl by burningmonk Kyoto Girl by burningmonk
Kyoto.

This girl is a Shikomi-san, and the dog, Chiro, is well known in these parts. :D

:iconfuyou-hime: explains:

An okiya is a essentially a boarding house where geisha live. It is run by a proprietress who is almost always a former geisha who helps train recruits (shikomi-san) into maiko (apprentice geisha). It is not a place where they work, only where they live. There are some okiya in which the proprietress also owns and runs a teahouse or bar, but that is considered a separate space and guests are not allowed in the okiya.

That dog, who's name is Chiro, actually belongs to an okiya, the Nishimura okiya in Gion Koubu. He's the most famous okiya pet, usually because he can be seen in lying in front of the okiya pretty regularly, like here: [link]

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Shiba inu! Ok, now that I've hit my love of the content, I'll get onto a real crit.

This piece has so many things going for it (colors, contrast, etc). I like the movement & framing too; the girl and the climbing street move you into the distance while the umbrella which intersects the end of the street brings you back into the foreground. The tension between the girl and dog is also really nice. She's moving away while the dog is staying with us. It gives it a lot of depth and also has such a story-telling aspect to it. Such a successful piece!

On the downside, and this isn't a big thing but: The bright blue trashcans are distracting to me. It makes an odd three-some of bright objects in my mind (girl, dog, and trashcans). Their color is an effective contrast to the girl and dog but it also brings your attention to the cans. I really wish they were another blue-colored object, like a person or a mailbox. But since they're trashcans, I'd do something to mute them into the architecture of the street & buildings. Maybe just grey them (& their shadow) out a bit or make them brown/tan/etc. Another option is to crop the picture, but I'm not certain of that. Conversely, one could say leaving them embraces the human elements of city-living, but I don't think they add to the story you've captured.
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Felon-Monk Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an awesome shot. I was in Kyoto for the beginning of Golden Week. I really wanted to photograph Maiko but I knew it would be difficult with so many tourists around. I have a couple of pics from the back alleys but nothing great. My mother-in-law tried to get my attention to get a picture of Geiko but alas, I was too late.

Next time I go back I'm leaving the kids at home, and maybe, I will get a shot half as nice as this great picture.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
It is very tough to get good shooting done when you're with someone else. It's really nice to find time to get out in the streets alone and really get into the photographic process. I hope you get a chance to do it! :D
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lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! perfect colours and good actor( the dog ;) )
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! The dog is quite the character. :D
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lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure :)
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LItaliano-Vero Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Beautiful work. Love the shadows and tones. Gives off a feeling of peace and tranquility.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it. :D
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
a really lovely atmosphere, those colors are great :clap:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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articriver Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG ITS A SHIBA INU AND ITS IN KYOTO!!! WAAAA!
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
:squee:
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Photographer
super! :clap:
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:iconburningmonk:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Awstein Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Amazing picture... It gives us a glimpse of someone's life - for a street photo, it's weirdly intimate. I'm adding it to our group gallery, I hope you won't mind :)
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! And it's a pleasure! :D
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ohhh that's a shiba inu isn't it? lovely animals *.* my best friend has one too, they are really adorable! [link]
and this is a really beautiful capture of daily life! :iconawwplz:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes it is! And thank you very much! :D
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Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) :iconshibainuplz: :iconphotomgraphy: :heart:
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pavboq Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Your great photo has been featured here:)
[link]
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
Dzięki! :D
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pavboq Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
:)
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siren10101 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, i think this is one of the okiyas dogs ^^ you caught a shikomisan ^^
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Interesting, but I have to say I don't know what that is. Is Okiay a famous geisha parlor? And what is a Shikomisan? :D
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siren10101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Okiya is the place were geisha stay, like a boarding house ^^ Ochaya, is were they entertain.
And a shikomi is a girl who wants to become a maiko(a trainee geisha)
hope that helps ^^
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! That was informative! :D
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siren10101 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome ^^ anytime
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
An okiya is a essentially a boarding house where geisha live. It is run by a proprietress who was almost always a former geisha who helps train reqruits (shikomi-san) into maiko (apprentice geisha). It is not a place where they work, only where they live. There are some okiya in which the proprietress also owns and runs a teahouse or bar, but that is considered a separate space and guests are not allowed in the okiya.

That dog, who's name is Chiro, does actually belong to an okiya, the Nishimura okiya in Gion Koubu. He's the most famous okiya pet, usually because he can be seen in lying in front of the okiya pretty regularly, like here [link] .
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well ain't that somethin'! :D Seriously, that's very interesting. I honestly don't know much about geisha and culture surrounding them. I knew this girl wasn't a geisha, but I assumed she's just a girl out for a walk with her dog. Didn't know how the training system worked. I was going to ask, "How do you know all this stuff?" But then I took a look at your gallery and found that you are very interested in the culture and you've in fact been to Kyoto yourself!

May I add your comment above to the description in my photo. I think the image even more interesting for viewers if there is a back story. I will of course attribute it to you. :D
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Fuyou-hime Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I'm glad I could be of help, and please feel free to add my comments to the description. But please fix my typos. I just bought a new computer, and it doesn't point out my typos like my old one did XD.

Perhaps I should load that picture I took of Chiro-chan a few years ago (when I was living in Japan) and he had to wear a cone. He was the most miserable little thing I had ever seen... it was adorable.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
You should! :D And thanks for your permission. I posted it. :D
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Skorpiotronik Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Perfect shot.
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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foveacentralis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
this photo like capture from cinema. ı enjy it
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Glad you feel that way. I'm very inspired by films. :D
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Karameel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Love it :)
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Photographer
wow.. very exellent photo...
a photo with soul ^^
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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Wolfy786 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist
I really like this photo, espeacially the Shiba ^.^
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
He's quite the character. Thanks! :D
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zxcvbbnmm1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
do know you them????
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
No, these are strangers. :D
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filtatikori Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Photographer
good one! :thumbsup:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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filtatikori Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Photographer
my pleasure :)
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HannahMahna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
That has got to be the cleanest street ever! Lovely photo :heart:
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burningmonk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hehe, some parts of Kyoto are pretty clean. Thank you! :D
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tomassikula Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
good work
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