Gaijin SpottingsThe locals in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo and Kyoto are used to seeing foreigners everywhere. They don't have the least interest in photographing foreigners.
However, Kyoto is filled with tourists from the countryside (particularly school kids). Places where foreigners are more rare. It's pretty common for gaijin to be asked to pose for a photo.
Some school kids are given a school project to interview tourists at a temple. They ask a few benign questions about what you think about Japan. They write down your response. It's good practice for their English.
The Geisha MirageJapanese tourists often pay around 3 man yen ($350 US) to be dressed up as a Geisha. These costumes are very convincing to unsuspecting tourists.
These Geisha clad tourists make for great photographs. However, if you claim it's a Geisha on your blog or flickr you'll be quickly corrected by a Geisha fan.
There are Geisha fans who can name every Geisha and Maiko in Kyoto by face. There are a few tips on how to tell the difference here.