Maiko Maori and Mamemaki

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The maiko Maori of Gion Kobu throws fuku mame (good luck beans) to the crowds gathered at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto during Setsubun in 2006. I met Maori briefly in 2007 at Miyako Odori when I was photographing Satomi for my book Geisha & Maiko of Kyoto: Beauty, Art, & Dance. Maori was assisting Satomi during the tea ceremony before each performance, and I had the chance to photograph Satomi before the ceremony.