The secret world of Kyoto's geisha in photographer Russel Wong's show

Russel Wong has spent 13 years, and counting, documenting the secretive world of the geiko in Kyoto.
Russel Wong has spent 13 years, and counting, documenting the secretive world of the geiko in Kyoto.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - It takes four people, men included, to dress a geiko, or geisha in the Kansai dialect of Osaka, in her formal wear. Only men have the strength to really tighten the obi belt.

"It's like watching an empress get dressed," marvels Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.

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