From the cobbled streets where Komomo walks in her elaborate dress to the inner sanctums of her dressing room, these pages offer a rare look at a contemporary teen's journey to becoming a geisha, photographed in full color by Naoyuki Ogino. This is the story of a contemporary Japanese teenager who, in a search for an identity, became fascinated with the world of geisha, and discovered in herself the will and the commitment to embark on the many years of apprenticeship necessary to become one.
It is also the story of a young Japanese photographer who grew up
NAOYUKI OGINO grew up in Tokyo, where he was born, and in Mexico. In 2006, he quit his job at Japans largest ad agency to pursue his career as a professional photographer. He has held a number of exhibitions in Mexico, Tokyo and many other Japanese cities.
KOMOMO grew up in Japan, Mexico and China before becoming a geisha's apprentice - or maiko in 2000. She became a full-fledged geiko, as geisha are known in Kyoto in 2005.