Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west.  This is where you're likely to see a real life Geisha heading to work.

Gion, Kyoto Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. This is where you're likely to see a real life Geisha heading to work.

Modern small space in New Zealand with deck and lofted bedroom with shelving

Modern small space in New Zealand with deck and lofted bedroom with shelving -- Architect: WireDog Architecture. Photo by Paul McCredie

Former geisha houses in the Kazue-machi Geisha District, Kanazawa, Japan

Former geisha houses in the Kazue-machi Geisha District, Kanazawa, Japan. Almost all of the geisha in Japan are now in Gion, in Kyoto.

A Japanese curtain - Noren by ProjectBashoPhotoTourJapan2008, via Flickr

A Japanese curtain - Noren - The word noren usually refers to split curtains hung in front of a shop. It was once used to keep out the sun and dust but now it has many other uses, such as space dividers or decorations.

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