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PR poster for the Kamogawa Odori geisha dance held during May 1-24 in Pontocho.
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Pontocho Kaburenjo theater, venue for Kamogawa Odori.
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Pontocho is a narrow alley and known as a geisha district.
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Dance program for 2005.
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Barrels of sake next to the theater.
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A geisha/geiko and maiko head to the theater to see the Kamogawa Odori. Notice the different obi sash on the back.A maiko is an apprentice geisha. Her obi sah on the back is long, as well as her sleeves.
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Pontocho Kaburenjo theater
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Geiko and maiko in front of Pontocho Kaburenjo theater
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Entrance to Pontocho Kaburenjo theater. You can buy tickets for the day's performance.
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Inside the theater, waiting for the start of the 168th Kamogawa Odori (in 2005) to start.
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Part 1 Monogusa Soshi: Taro's Shack. Lazy Taro does nothing but compose poems all day in his shack. 物ぐさ草紙 太郎の小屋The first half is a musical play with a storyline.
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Taro's Shack
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Magistrate's House
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Taro overhears the Lord's daughter trying to compose a poem.
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Taro helps her compose her poem.
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Taro has a scuffle with the daughter and breaks her koto instrument.
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Mother scolds the daughter for the scuffle with Taro.
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It turns out that Taro was a grandson of the Emperor.
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Taro gets to marry the lord's daughter.
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End of Part 1 with a happy ending.
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Part 2: Passing of Spring in Kyoto, "Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花やPart 2 of the program consists of dance numbers.
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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"Nanohanaya"
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"Nanohanaya"
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms). They dance like they were melting into the sea of flowers. 菜の花や
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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"Irises" are in full bloom. 菖蒲
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"Irises" 菖蒲
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"Irises" 菖蒲 She rises from beneath the stage.
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"Irises" She holds an iris flower. She just took a bath with iris leaves. 菖蒲
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"Irises" 菖蒲
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Comical play called "Kyogen Furyu" 狂言風流
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"Kyogen Furyu" 狂言風流
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"Kyogen Furyu" 狂言風流, comical play featuring a rabbit and monkey who enjoy the longer daylight in spring.狂言風流
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"April Rain" 卯月の雨
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"April Rain" 卯月の雨
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet). Spring yields to early summer. 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: Throwing hand towels
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげThis is a maiko.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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End of show, see you next year in May!
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Pontocho Kaburenjo theater as seen from Kamogawa River.
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Kamogawa River next to the theater.
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