Geisha Korin August Maiko (Japanese Edition)

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A blog about the maiko and geiko of Kamishichiken

Quick and painless. There are three classes of tickets you can choose from. Second class seats are yen, first class seats are yen, and special class seats are yen. The more you pay, the better your seats are in the theatre. In addition, the special class tickets allow you to experience a tea ceremony performed by a geiko, complete with a souvenir plate to take home.

I decided to go for the special class tickets. Getting to the theater is very easy too. The dances are held in Gion Corner, a theater that is used to showcase a mix of different traditional arts to tourists for the rest of the year. One of the many posters lining the street to the theatre. The entrance to the theatre itself. The rain that day destroyed my plans of wearing kimono. Before we entered the tea ceremony, we went through a mini museum, if you will, that showcased a history of the tea ceremony and the instruments that are used.

You can also see kimono and obi from past performances. We were all herded into a waiting room that looked out onto a beautiful Japanese garden. It had the added bonus of letting us sneak a peak of the geiko about to perform the tea ceremony preparing in a room on the other side of the garden! The tea ceremony I felt was very touristy. It was held in a large room with tables and stools for the guests to sit at. As soon as you walked in, waitresses directed you where to sit and they served out the sweets on the souvenir plates.

After that, the geiko and maiko came in and the shutters started snapping. I admit, I was guilty of taking photos as well, but after three or four shots just to remember everything, I put the camera down and tried to enjoy the ceremony. But I have to say, it was very difficult with the man in front of me who never put down his large, professional grade camera with a zoom lens. He was snapping photos every few seconds and it took away from the mood. No cameras were allowed during the dancing and I think the same policy should be enforced for the tea ceremony. While the geiko was preparing the tea, the waitresses were serving bowls of matcha tea.

Nobody touched the tea or the sweets until there was an announcement over the loudspeaker saying it was ok to start eating. The tea prepared by the geiko was served to one random guest by the attending maiko and once again the shutters went off like crazy. My sweet on the souvenir plate, along with my ticket. The souvenir center had the usual Kyoto and Japanese souvenirs; books, postcards, snacks and such. But they also had something really unique. They had taken kimono and obi from previous years and made different souvenirs out of them. There was everything from bags and wraps to smaller things like coin purses and tissue cases.

I indulged in a tissue case. And I do mean indulged because these items were not cheap. Not that I expect them to be. I just wish my budget could have allowed me to get the yen purse made from an obi that I was drooling over. I guess buying my tickets six months in advance really paid off. We got front row seats! We could literally see the dancers sweating! And it gave me a great vantage point to look at their kimono and their kitsuke. Nothing in their kimono, obi, or accessories shifted or moved. It was absolute perfection.

In fact, at some points I thought it was too perfect. For the chorus dancers, their obi was tied at the back with two tails. When they spun, only the bottom third of the tails moved with the force of the spin. The upper two thirds of the obi stayed perfectly in place. Just not realistic. An obi on display.

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Can you spot the small stitches that keep the two halves in place? One thing I would highly recommend for everyone is to pick up the program that they offer for yen. It has a description of every scene in English as well as headshots of every maiko and geiko performing on stage as either a dancer or a musician.

There are some great pictures inside of each scene that they perform. A page out of the program with a description of a scene in both Japanese and English. A sample page of the headshots of the geiko and maiko that appear in the performance. This can also be found in the program. Every year, the dances start with an opening scene with the chorus dancers in the recognizable blue kimono showcasing that highlights of the dances to come.

The number of dancers for Miyako Odori has steadily declined over the years as the population of maiko and geiko has also declined. In her book Geisha , Liza Dalby claims that during her time as a geisha in , the ranks of the dancers would be filled out with high school girls. They still danced beautifully, but I wonder what their story is. Are they just geiko who are filling out the ranks, or are they dance students who have been recruited?

All I know for sure is that some of the ladies on stage were too old to be maiko. The remaining seven scenes always go in order from spring to summer, autumn, winter, and then back to spring. The year that I went the dances included a story about the western goddess and her peach of immortality, a scene from the Tale of Ise, Minamoto no Taiko and the Earth Spider she had spiderwebs on her obi! The dancing was incredible, but I would have never understood what was haping without that program!

My favourite kimono! The dancer on the right is the Earth Spider. Check out her obi! What can I say? The kimono on display were gorgeous. I loved examining them between the tea ceremony and the dances. I have a good friend named GirlGamerGaB. She recently got some visitors from home and they all wanted to be dressed up in kimono.

Of course, I was happy to help! Displaying the kimono for the girls to choose from. The only furisode of the day. I love this colour!

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I had to do a quick review of the fukurasuzume musubi the night before! All three girls enjoying their kimono experience! We all had a great time choosing kimono and obi and getting dressed. I only wish that they weather had cooperated a bit more. It was raining all morning, but as soon as they had to get undressed and I had to go to work, the sun came out. Tsubaki is a tree that can grow at high altitudes, and it is very common to see the red and white tsubaki blooms when there is still snow on the ground yuki-tsubaki.

Tsubaki is also commonly called the rose of winter. Tsubaki was an unpopular and inauspicious flower for samurai and their families. Tsubaki blossoms drop to the ground as a complete flower instead of petal by petal.

Kimono, kitsuke, and wasai. Oh my!

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Please actively converse, interact and enjoy yourselves. We will then guide you to and explain the possible photography locations before the shooting starts. We will act to meet requests for photography location, poses etc. We will accept 1 request from each participant for a location, pose etc. First of all, the Maiko will perform a mai dance for you has been training and polishing every day. Please capture this dance, either in photographs or even as a movie. As the final part of the photo session, we set aside time for everyone to take individual photos together with the Maiko.

Here as well, please co-operate with other participants and arrange to have your own individual photo taken with your own camera. After the session, we ask that each participant submits around 5 photos so that we can distribute these photos as open data through smartphone applications, and exhibit your works in hotels etc. This submission is based entirely on free will, but we hope that you will co-operate so that we can arrange for your works to be seen by as many people as possible all over the world.

Please provide photographs within 3 days of the event by email, file transfer services etc. Also, with the exception of display in contests, exhibitions etc. We ask for your understating that we will take photos of the scene of everyone shooting, and include them in subsequent blog entries and so on. Please notify us if you have any restrictions or limitations beforehand. September Maiko: Kikusana Photography location: Mumeisha: The Kyoto Machiya summertime atmosphere National designated registered tangible cultural property, designated Kyoto City Important townscape building.

Geisha Korin August Maiko (Japanese Edition) Geisha Korin August Maiko (Japanese Edition)
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