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