Tenjin-san Market, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

Tenjin-san Market, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

If you’re in Kyoto on the 25th of every month, be sure to attend the “Tenjin-san” flea market. It is held at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. As many as 1000 stalls line up on the shrine precincts as well as in the area around the shrine.

Kobo-san Market at To-Ji Temple

Kobo-san Market at To-Ji Temple

If you’re in Kyoto on the 21st day of any month, be sure to visit the Kobo-San market taking place in the grounds of the To-Ji Temple. It is a great opportunity to find interesting souvenir and enjoy popular Japanese foodstuff.

Portrait of a Maiko, Kyoto

Portrait of a Maiko, Kyoto

Looking at the picture, our first though is “Geisha”, one of the icon images of Japan.

A Maiko is actually an apprentice Geisha or Geiko (as they are called in Kyoto). Their job consists in performing songs,

The Geisha and Maiko

The Geisha and Maiko

Geisha (芸者) or geiko (芸子) as they are called in Kyoto are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music,