100 Views of MAIKO AND GEIKO

... maiko and geiko are not simply dolls (...) but people with real ambitions, hardships, and triumphs that very few people ever get to see. It is the relaxed, friendly and, most of all, respectful nature that John Paul Foster displays for his subjects that allows us to see the women behind the masks.
— Justine Sobocan, missmyloko.tumblr.com


One Hundred Views of Maiko and Geiko is a collection of images of geisha and maiko on the streets of Kyoto both during the day and into the night. It was the first book to feature spontaneous portraits of smiling maiko and geiko, an incredibly rare sight at the time of its publication in 2006.

Now out of print, the book has become one of Toho Publishing's all-time bestsellers, selling 5,000 copies over four editions.


108 pages with 101 color photographs
10 x 7.1 inches / 25.4 x 18 cm
Softcover with dust jacket
Published in Japan by Toho Publishing, December 2006

ISBN: 978-4862490483

..This book (...) shows these girls at times when cameras are rarely around and, during performances, showcases them before or after they leave the stage, not on it.
— Justine Sobocan, missmyloko.tumblr.com
The published photos capture the entertainers’ mysterious beauty as they walk down old-fashioned stone-paved streets, touch their hair or obi sashes or bow their heads in quiet contemplation.
— The Daily Yomiuri