Happy Geishas

These ladies were not real geishas, just two of many Japanese ladies one Saturday morning in Kyoto taking advantage of a festival to dress up and wander the streets of the old town. They were loving the fun of the spectacle and a warm October day.

Taken in pre-digital days on Fujichrome Astia 100 transparency film with a Canon EOS3 and Canon 70-200mmf2.8L lens. Scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED scanner.

Goiedo Hall, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple

Located in Kyoto, Japan, the Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after the sect’s former head temple, Ishiyama Honganji in Osaka had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga owing to the temple’s interference in politics. Nishi Honganji is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect with over 10,000 subtemples across the country and 200 temples overseas.

Nishi Honganji’s two largest structures are the Goeido Hall, dedicated to Shinran, the sect’s founder, and the Amidado Hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha, the most important Buddha in Jodo-Shin Buddhism.

This shot was taken as a transparency in 2002. Since then, the temple has undergone a renovation, but from more recent pictures on the internet, it looks much the same.

Canon EOS 3 camera with Canon f2.8L 17-35mm lens. Konica 100 transparency film