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Tickets for Miyako Odori and Kyo Odori

The geisha Fukunami of Miyagawa-cho performs in scene one of the 2007 Kyo Odori

Although Miyako Odori begins April 1 and Kyo Odori begins April 6 this year, the geisha and maiko of Gion Kobu and Miyagawa-cho start selling tickets to their customers and teahouses in February. As with most things in Kyoto’s hanamachi, the selling is done softly and subtly.

The geiko and maiko let you know they would like you to purchase tickets from them by giving you the pamphlet for that year’s odori wrapped in white paper. On the white paper they have personally written your name, their name, and the name of the dance. Continue reading »

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Miyako Odori Coming Soon to Kyoto

The maiko Makiko of Gion Kobu dancing in Miyako Odori, the Cherry Blossom Dance held every April in Kyoto.

Although it’s unusually cold in Kyoto at the moment, spring and Miyako Odori are just around the corner. Miyako Odori, the largest and most famous dance performance of geisha and maiko, is held every year at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo in Gion Kobu in Kyoto from April 1 – 30. There are four shows daily, at 12:30 p.m., 2:o0 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:50 p.m. This photo of the maiko Makiko was taken at the 2007 Miyako Odori, when I had special permission to photograph the dances for my book Geisha & Maiko of Kyoto: Beauty, Art, & Dance (2009).

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