Three weeks ago today I happened across the Erikae of Kimihiro of Miyagawa-cho. Here are eight of my favourite photos from this most fortunate of spontaneous photo-shoots.
I took the top photo during the Erikae walk. I was one of a hoard of photographers. But then it was all over. The photographers dispersed. Half a dozen of us remained, chatting, deciding what to do next – when Kimihiro surprised us by coming back out of her okiya.
Kimihiro’s sister, Kimitoyo, appeared; I don’t even remember where she came from. Perhaps she also came out of the okiya. It is all a blur in my mind. They delighted us by posing with a baby. Possibly the baby was related to them or she could have been the neighbour’s baby. (Yes, the baby’s mother was there too, standing to one side.)
It was such a happy time of posing. How often have I seen a maiko holding a baby? Never – until that moment.
I was over-the-moon to be able to photograph the small ‘happening’ after the erikae walk. Occasionally I will know in advance that an erikae or misedashi will be on while I am in Kyoto but I didn’t know about this one. What a gift!
Related post: Sisters (my first post about Kimihiro and Kimitoyo)