Yasaka Shrine KYOTO by sergioartworks from http://500px.com/photo/210641373 - Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社 Yasaka-jinja) once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社 Gion-jinja) is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue) the shrine includes several buildings including gates a main hall and a stage.(Wikipedia). More on dokonow.com.
If Japan has a face, it's to be found in this small district directly adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, for it's here that the geisha—or geiko, as they're known in Kyoto—live and work. Contrary to popular belief, geiko are not prostitutes.