Go Around Again

15th September 2015 was second day of Katsutomo-san's Erikae. A few photographers and I accompanied her on another walk.

15th September 2015 was second day of Katsutomo-san’s Erikae. A few photographers and I accompanied her on ’round 2′ as she paid her respects around Gion.

Katsutomo-san emerges for the second day of her Erikae walk. 15 September, 2015.

Just like coming out on stage; but the stage was the street.

Here she is. Relaxed and happy.

Here she was; relaxed and happy.

For a while Katsutomo-san stands in front of her okiya, posing for photos.

For a while Katsutomo-san stood in front of her Okiya posing for photos.

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We follow Katsutomo-san and Otokoshi as they pay their respects to the Gion establishments.

We followed Katsutomo-san and her Otokoshi as they did the rounds.

A pleasant stroll with a few keen photographers - as opposed to a mob of paparazzi.

This was a pleasant stroll with a few photographers (both amateur and professional) – as opposed to a mob of paparazzi.

Tsurui Okiya is at the end of this tiny lane. Abbesses French Restaurant is here too, always reminding me of Paris.

Tsurui Okiya is at the end of this tiny lane.

This is the café where there is always a break in proceedings for refreshments. My reflection made it into this photo.

This is the café where there is always a break in proceedings for refreshments. My reflection selfie made it into this photo.

I forgot to say that Otokoshi nipped into the Okiya to get a wahigasa for Katsutomo-san. I was delighted as this is a very photogenic accessory. (ps a parasol)

I forgot to say that Otokoshi nipped into the Okiya to get a wahigasa for Katsutomo-san. I was delighted as this is a very photogenic accessory. (ps a parasol)

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Wahigasa and lantern juxtaposition. Nice.

Wahigasa and lantern juxtaposition. Nice.

Another 'selfie' reflection sneaks in.

Another ‘selfie’ reflection sidled in to the photo.  (I never notice these things until later.)

Circle and partially folded circle.

Circle and partially folded circle.

A bridge across Gion waters.

Crossing Shirakawa stream.

Through traditional Gion streets...

Through traditional Gion streets…

Circle with sphere

Circle with globe

This was a very hot day like the first day of the Erikae walk. This wahigasa was very much appreciated by its owner.

This was a very hot day like the first day of the Erikae walk. The wahigasa was very much appreciated by its owner.

Composition with red and yellow.

Composition with red circles and yellow rectangles.

Framed

Framed

Back on Shijo-dori. Passers-by show their delight.

Back on Shijo-dori. Passers-by were happy to see such a lovely Geiko.

Katsutomo-san folded and unfolded her wahigasa a few times just here to give us photographic opportunities.

Katsutomo-san folded and unfolded her wahigasa a few times just here to give us photographic opportunities.

Thank you, Katsutomo-san, for a wonderful two hours. I wish you every success as Geiko-san.

Thank you, Katsutomo-san, for a wonderful two hours. I wish you every success as Geiko-san.

To view the photos from the day before, see A Walk with Katsutomo-san

I hope you clicked on the photos to enlarge them.

About juliepodstolski

I am a realist artist who works in coloured pencils.
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15 Responses to Go Around Again

  1. Beautiful photographs of a lovely and elegant subject.

  2. Tina Walsh says:

    A beautiful more natural lady. All your photos wonderful as usual Julie. x. Tina.

  3. sherrytelle says:

    Lovely photos of a lovely girl! I especially like the photo of her with her back turned to us and her face in profile with the parasol up and the photographers in the background.

  4. Diane plum says:

    Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Some really wonderful photos Julie, and as always a great story, can’t wait to see the drawings from these days. Karen

  6. I particularly like the images where modern day collides with the classic imagery – plenty of metaphors! The wahigasi is a great accessory and can be used to enhance a composition in so many ways. I can understand with this wealth of material how hard it is to get started on a drawing!

  7. Lynne and Peter Stonehouse says:

    Hi Julie,

    I enjoy reading your posts and seeing the wonderful photos but this one has knocked me out. Perhaps it’s the simple contrasts of the colours Katsutomo-san is wearing which make these photos stunning? I think the photo captioned “I forgot to say that Otokoshi nipped into the Okiya to get a wahigasa for Katsutomo-san Š”, is my favourite. I hope you decide to draw from this set of photos and I’m keen to see the result.

    On a different note, do you have any of the limited edition prints from “Rue de l’Echaudé” left?

    Kind regards,

    Lynne and Peter Stonehouse lynnepeter@westnet.com.au

    From: juliepodstolski Reply-To: juliepodstolski Date: Thursday, 8 October 2015 11:23 AM To: Lynne Stonehouse Subject: [New post] Go Around Again

    WordPress.com juliepodstolski posted: ” To view the photos from the day before, see A Walk with Katsutomo-san I hope you clicked on the photos to enlarge them.”

    • Hi Lynne, I’m sure that I will draw from these photos – just not sure when. I never know what I’m going to draw next until the day I decide and start. I do have a handful of “Rue de l’Echaudé” left plus I have a new print. It is the print of my 2014 drawing “Step by Step“.
      ps I just looked at the photo you are particularly liking here – and yes – that is one I am DEFINITELY looking at drawing.

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