Gion is the older/traditional part of Kyoto, and I hung around for probably 4 hours hoping to see a geiko or maiko ("geiko" is what they call geisha here, it means something like 'enertaining woman' ?? and "maiko" are apprentices).
However, I was unlucky, and instead of geiko, I got stuck in a conversation with some creepy man while eating ice cream. So I said I had to go and relocated to finish the rest of my Haggen Daaz.
LEFT: the main street of Gion, look closely and you can see the lanterns!
They are renovating a part of town (called a "beautification area" they had some strict signs, even in English!). It looks really cool, all wooden and such.