"Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron." - Memoirs of a Geisha.

"Water is powerful. It can wash away earth, put out fire, and even destroy iron." - Memoirs of a Geisha.

Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha.  Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san

Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha. Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san

Maiko Henshin  japanese girl at Sannen-zaka street, Kyoto, Japan by Alex_Saurel, via Flickr

Maiko Henshin japanese girl at Sannen-zaka street, Kyoto, Japan by Alex_Saurel, via Flickr

Geiko 3 by Sam Ryan Mr., via Flickr  [ so beautiful I get choked up. Imagine living in place where such a gorgeous, exotic woman is in such a beautiful garden...  ]

Geiko 3 by Sam Ryan Mr., via Flickr [ so beautiful I get choked up. Imagine living in place where such a gorgeous, exotic woman is in such a beautiful garden... ]

Geisha - Fiona Graham, caucasian Geisha as of 2007.  Beautiful, smart and brave enough to immerse herself in a completely different culture.  Inspiration much?

Geisha - Fiona Graham, caucasian Geisha as of 2007. Beautiful, smart and brave enough to immerse herself in a completely different culture. Inspiration much?

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