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The ornate fabrics making up the kimonos, obis (waistbands) and kanzashi (hair ornaments) of these maiko on their graduation to become fully fledged geiko (Kyoto equivalent of geisha) – mere outward symbols of an inner grace.

Sake barrels outside Potocho theatre

The ornate kanji typography on sake barrels in Kyoto, Japan – post graduation celebration? Arigatou gozaimasu.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ornate.” and photo challenge Graceful.