Other countries have been using outdoor markets for thousands of years. I can't imagine not having a farmer's market to go to. So glad to hear that the number of markets are on a significant up swing in the US.
Gion, Kyoto Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. This is where you're likely to see a real life Geisha heading to work.