Shigyoshiki's Strange Weather

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The weather gods can never decide if they want it to be rainy or sunny during Shigyoshiki, so almost every year there seems to be a mixture of light rain and sunshine. This photo was taken at the exact moment the weather was changing. There was still a light drizzle (that's why this Miyagawa-cho maiko has her umbrella open), but at the same time the sun was starting to peep out from behind the clouds (hence the strong light on her hands and the bottom of her raincoat). Several maiko got caught without their umbrellas this year when it drizzled, and I actually ran with one girl back to her okiya. I'm a bit bigger than she is, so people tend to get out of my way faster than they would hers...