The Maiko Fukutomo of Miyagawa-cho

The maiko Fukutomo of Miyagawa-cho on a rainy evening in June 2004
The maiko Fukutomo of Miyagawa-cho on a rainy evening in June 2004

Continuing the theme I started last week of geisha in raincoats, here is a portrait of the maiko Fukutomo of Miyagawa-cho on a rainy evening in 2004.

Fukutomo was a complete mystery to me at the time. When I encountered her while she was alone and the streets of Miyagawa-cho were deserted except for me (which was quite often back then), I would most often get a beautiful smile, as I did here. If she were with other geiko and maiko or there were other pedestrians in the area, she would not acknowledge me.

If I remember correctly, Fukutomo retired in 2006 after being a geiko for one year.