Utsuyaka - The Beauty Of Maiko By Taka Kobayashi

Publisher Mitsumura Suiko Shoin

ISBN 9784838105564

Inspired by the work of the acclaimed female painter Uemura Shōen (1875–1949), who is known for her portraits of high-class women, photographer Taka Kobayashi captures the subtle power of feminine beauty in maiko from Gion, a famous geisha district in Kyoto. Maiko are the young apprentices to geisha, professional female entertainers who are skilled in traditional dance and music. Yet their long-established role in society is rapidly disappearing. Stunningly portrayed with exquisite kimonos, perfect makeup, and fine accoutrements, they are the ultimate in Japanese beauty and aesthetics. “Utsuyaka” is a word in the Kyoto dialect meaning beautiful and graceful.

92 p, ills colour & bw, 22 x 30 cm, pb, Japanese/English


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