Word association: the words on the taxi are a perfect description for maiko and geiko. These practitioners of the refined arts of Japan are cultivated and rarified beings. They are super deluxe. The geiko in this drawing is Chisako; this has just been confirmed by my good Kyoto friend, Mima-san.
This composition was hidden inside a very ordinary photo which I took last September. While examining the photo, it was seeing the words on the taxi which piqued my interest.
It took me a few months to see the potential for a piece of art hiding inside my hastily taken photograph. That is the exciting thing about candid photography on Kyoto streets – one never knows what treasures lie within the copious material brought home. What a bonus to have captured the reflection of the lantern in the taxi’s shiny paint. I loved drawing this.