December 9, 2013

Festival Performers, Japan

Photograph by Benoit Hardy-Chartrand

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Gion Matsuri is one of Japan's oldest and most famous festivals. On special occasions during the festival, geisha and maiko come out to perform traditional dances on the grounds of some of the city's shrines. In this photo, the maiko greet a geisha as they exit the stage after a performance.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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24 comments
Peter Ryan
Peter Ryan

colorful, though there are not many colors.

Khalid Ahmed
Khalid Ahmed

Beautiful crystal Marble ladies with over makeup.

Sree Vani
Sree Vani

Splendid Symmetry from my eyes with great color,contrast,and clarity...Nice click..!

Subha Jana
Subha Jana

a true beauty. the contrst btwn the bakgrnd n kimono s wow

Glyn Lewis
Glyn Lewis

Elegance personified. I love the contrast between the colour of the geisha's costume and the neutral white of the maiko.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

The patterns and color is gorgeous; abstract, yet figurative.  

Manabu Sasaki
Manabu Sasaki

So good.A neat and polite image feels from a photograph.

James Johnson
James Johnson

look at the unpainted area just below the hair line 

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