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Kyoto Girl by burningmonk Kyoto Girl by burningmonk

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.
burningmonk Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   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
lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! perfect colours and good actor( the dog ;) )
burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! The dog is quite the character. :D
lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My Pleasure :)
LItaliano-Vero Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Beautiful work. Love the shadows and tones. Gives off a feeling of peace and tranquility.
burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it. :D
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
a really lovely atmosphere, those colors are great :clap:
burningmonk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
batmantoo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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