In Ky­oto’s Gion dis­trict at dusk, you might catch a quick glimpse of a geisha walk­ing out of a tea­house, swiftly

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - WISH YOU WERE HERE - — CEDRIC ARNOLD

ush­ered away, dis­ap­pear­ing like a ghost. Here, a taxi driver was wait­ing be­side his car as the wooden tea­house doors slid open. A ki­mono-clad geisha seemed to float for­wards, her face cov­ered in full makeup and hair dressed in the tra­di­tional Shi­mada style. The taxi driver cir­cled his car, clos­ing the doors as soon as the geisha and her as­sis­tant were safely in­side. And off they went.

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