Traditional Japanese female entertainers have made an annual excursion through the streets of Kyoto to thank people for their support.
The entertainers known as maiko and geiko, made their way around the city's Gion district on Thursday. They visited their teachers of dance and music, as well as the owners of "ochaya" facilities, where they entertain customers.
It was a hot day for the women, dressed in their black kimono and thick white makeup as the temperature topped 30 degrees Celsius at 9 a.m.
One geiko named Marika said ochaya are essential for them to work, so they made the visits to say "thank you."