One of the six jizo statues that form a set called Roku Jizo. Roku Jizo can be found at temples all over Japan, and this particular statue is located in a local cemetery not far from where I live in Osaka.
Rakan or Arhats were the five hundred disciples of the Buddha. Although my favorite place to see stone statues of rakan is Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple in Kyoto, Daienji Temple in Tokyo also has unique statues of rakan in a very different style. If you are interested in Buddhist statues such as rakan and jizo as I am, the best source of information I have found is the website onmarkproductions.
Yesterday I had photo sessions with both a maiko and a geiko on the same day, and the next month will be just as busy. I’ll be dedicating most of my time to actually making photographs, so I’ll only be posting photos on Wednesdays from now until June 17. After that I’ll start posting photos from everything I’m working on right now on Sundays and Wednesdays, as I usually do.
As always, I will reply to any comments I receive in as timely a manner as possible. Thanks for your patience!
The geisha Takamaru prepares the implements used in the tea ceremony before the very first show of the Miyako Odori on April 1, 2012. Takamaru was one of the first geiko I met in Gion Kobu, and she will soon be retiring from her career as a geiko. The first time I remember seeing her was at Koto Hajime in 2003.
All the geisha and maiko who performed in the first seven scenes of Miyako Odori appear on stage together in the finale, “Cherry Blossoms in Kiyomizu-dera Temple.” If you had the chance to attend one of the performances this year, I hope my photos have brought back fond memories for you. If you did not have the chance to attend, I hope you have gotten a little bit of the feeling of what the dance is like from these photographs. Maybe I’ll see you in the Gion Kaburenjo next year!