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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, TokyoStarting at 4 pm, this was the third and last show of the day and all 400 seats were sold out.

The performance had two parts separated by a 20-min. intermission. Each part had several different dances.
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PR poster for the Kamogawa Odori geisha dance held during May 1-24 in Pontocho.
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"Hana no Kai" Dance by Kagurazaka geishaThe "Hana no Kai" geisha dance is held annually by geisha in Kagurazaka, one of Tokyo's major geisha districts. "Hana" means livley or gaudy. And "Kai" can mean gathering or party.

They held two shows on the same day. This was the second show starting at 3 pm on April 16, 2005. It lasted till about 4:45 pm.
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Part 1 - Edo Scenes (江戸風情): 1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) 藤むらさきDancers: 小奴、千佳、由良子、舞子
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Pontocho Kaburenjo theater, venue for Kamogawa Odori.
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"Blue Ocean Waves" (青海波)They performed four numbers. This first one was called "Blue Ocean Waves" performed by five geisha.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Pontocho is a narrow alley and known as a geisha district.
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Notice that the kimono design shows waves.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Dance program for 2005.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Barrels of sake next to the theater.
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Rear view
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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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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Shimada hairstyleStandard hairstyle for geisha. This a wig.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha
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Pontocho Kaburenjo theater
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Music and singing accompanimentAll numbers was accompanied by live music and singing.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Geiko and maiko in front of Pontocho Kaburenjo theater
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Eight Views of Tatsumi (巽八景)The second number was about the Tatsumi and Monzen-nakacho (Fukagawa) district in Koto Ward, Tokyo. The dance reflects the chic and bravado of the area (in the old days) which was one of Tokyo's gay quarters with geisha as well.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Entrance to Pontocho Kaburenjo theater. You can buy tickets for the day's performance.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Inside the theater, waiting for the start of the 168th Kamogawa Odori (in 2005) to start.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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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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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)Dancer's name is Maiko 舞子
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Taro's Shack
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Her big round eyes makes her look like a real doll.
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Unlike geisha dances in Kyoto which have elaborate backgrounds, the background here is quite plain, making us focus on the geisha which were enough eye candy. The background really didn't matter. The dances were very aesthetic and pleasing to the eyes and ears.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
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Magistrate's House
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)Solo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)
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A real crowd pleaser. Thanks for posing!
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Closing curtain
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Tekomai geisha. Their costume is colorful and partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower (botan) design. They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names.
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2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)
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IntermissionThis Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall can hold almost 400 people. Both shows were sold out. Tickets are sold about a month in advance. They sold out within 2 weeks. I was sitting in the middle of the hall (non-reserved seating). Tickets cost only 2,000 yen.
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Tekomai geisha. They existed since the Edo Period. They served as side entertainment at festivals. They only sing traditional chant-like songs called kiyari. 手古舞
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Edo Scenes: 3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo) 江戸の賑わいDancers: 竜也、英子、万り
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Taro overhears the Lord's daughter trying to compose a poem.
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Chestnut Rice Cakes (栗餅)The third number was called "Chestnut Mochi." Mochi is rice cake. They pound sticky rice to make it. Performed by two geisha. The one in blue is a male role.
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This troupe of 25 local women preserve a traditional art of Edo. They attend regular singing practice led by an elderly woman who was an authentic tekomai in her day.
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)
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Entrance to the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri festival site on Komatsu-bashi-dori near Asakusa, behind Sensoji temple. 小松橋通り
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)
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Taro helps her compose her poem.
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Lively Colors of Kagurazaka(神楽坂華の彩)The final number, called Lively Colors of Kagurazaka (Kagurazaka Hana no Irodori) actually consisted of seven dances. This was the first one performed by three geisha. (ひと里)
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3. Edo no Nigiwai (Liveliness of Edo)After this dance was a 20-min. intermission.
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Festival banner. The Ichiyo Sakura Festival is held in April along the main Komatsu-bashi-dori street lined with Ichiyo cherry blossoms. These photos were taken on April 14, 2007. 小松橋通り
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Taro has a scuffle with the daughter and breaks her koto instrument.
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Kagurazaka geisha dance
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The festival lasts all day long, from morning until late afternoon. Incudes a flea market. 小松橋通り
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Part 2 - 浴曲三味線草: 1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり
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Mother scolds the daughter for the scuffle with Taro.
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Kagurazaka geisha dance
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり
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Ichiyo sakura cherry blossom trees line the street where the Oiran Dochu procession will proceed. 一葉桜
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Close-up of Ichiyo sakura cherry blossoms. "Ichiyo" means "one leaf." You can see that the flower actually has a small green leaf inside. 一葉桜
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり
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At the starting point of the procession, the oiran gets ready to wear her high and heavy wooden clogs.
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Singers and musicians
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It turns out that Taro was a grandson of the Emperor.
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悋気しゃんすなSolo number performed by Maiko (her name). 舞子
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Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama(富士や浅間)Solo dance by a geisha named Mari(万り).
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The star and main focus of the festival and procession, the oiran or tayu courtesan.
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1. Kagurazakari 神楽ざかり
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2. Hitozato ひと里
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The Word Called Love (恋と云う字)
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Head of the Edo-Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu procession which started at 1:30 pm. 江戸吉原おいらん道中
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2. Hitozato ひと里
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Taro gets to marry the lord's daughter.
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The procession is headed by tekomai geisha who sing.
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3. 梅にも春 Ume ni mo HaruDancers: 千丸、史織
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Entrance to the road leading to the Cherry Dance theater (Gion Kobu Kaburenjo) in the Gion district. The sign says "Miyako Odori."
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Pagoda and maiko
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Baton holder
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo Haru
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More signposts reading "Miyako Odori." "Miyako" means capital (Kyoto was once Japan's capital city), and "Odori" means dance.
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The kamuro attendants precede the oiran.
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3. 梅にも春 Ume nimo HaruOffering a drink of sake.
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End of Part 1 with a happy ending.
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After the dance, this geisha posed with us for a picture.
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"Miyako Odori" sign post. Performed for over a century, the dance makes April a very special time in Kyoto. It helps to hone the dance and musical skills of the geiko and maiko who diligently practice for this annual dance.
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Oiran. Her wig and geta clogs weigh the same (about 7 kg or 15 pounds each) to keep her head and feet balanced. Her whole outfit weighs about 60 pounds (27 kg). That's why she needs his shoulder for support as she walks. 花魁
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざしてDancers: 舞子、万り (Maiko and Mari)
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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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Finale
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A large crowd line the narrow street.
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4. Sakura Kazashite 桜かざしてDancer 舞子 (Maiko)
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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"Miyako Odori" poster in English.
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"Miyako Odori" poster and paper lantern.
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵眞由美 (Mayumi)
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"Nanohanaya"
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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5. Otsu-e 大津絵眞由美
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"Nanohanaya"
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PR posters and paper lanterns for the Miyako Odori are everywhere.
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花魁道中
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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Finale
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Ichiriki, a famous geisha tea house.
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Oiran Dochu procession, Ichiyo Sakura Festuval, Tokyo. Her obi sash is tied in the front in a knot called manaita-musubi.
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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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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Praying at BishamonBishamon is a Buddhist temple in Kagurazaka where the geisha go to worship. The song included a reference to this temple.
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Maiko and geisha can often be seen in Gion.
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Unlike normal kimono, she wears the obi sashi in the front instead of the back. This is so that she can show off her beautiful obi which would otherwise be covered by the uchikake outer garment.
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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"Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や
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Praying at Bishamon
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Gate to Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. Four shows daily in April, lasting about 1 hour (too short). Ticket prices range from 1900 yen to 4300 yen.
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Elaborate oiran wig weighing about 7 kg or 15 pounds.
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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"Irises" are in full bloom. 菖蒲
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FinaleEveryone performed in the finale.
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Gate to Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. You can make ticket reservations by phone, or go directly to the theater ticket office and buy tickets.
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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"Irises" 菖蒲
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Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. Ticket office is on the right. Best to buy tickets at least a few days in advance.
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき
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"Irises" 菖蒲 She rises from beneath the stage.
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The Oiran Dochu procession proceeds slowly along the Ichiyo cherry-lined street.
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7. Sawagi さわぎThe finale where all the geisha appear on 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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Towel throwingDuring the finale, the geisha started throwing hand towels to the audience.
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7. Sawagi さわぎ
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"Irises" 菖蒲
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Towel throwingThere were women in the middle the hall also throwing towels to people sitting further back.
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7. Sawagi さわぎ
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Comical play called "Kyogen Furyu" 狂言風流
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7. Sawagi さわぎ
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"Kyogen Furyu" 狂言風流
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A bow of thanks
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Tossing free hand towels to the audience, a real crowd pleaser...They do this every year. Most people sitting in the front can catch one.
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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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Closing wordsThe women standing in the back are the okami-san (proprietress) of high-class Japanese-style restaurants in Kagurazaka where the geisha are hired to perform at private geisha parties.
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The procession nears the main stage where the procession ends.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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The oiran in clear view near the stage.
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Arigato
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet). Spring yields to early summer. 花うたげ
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Hand clappingThis is called sanbon-jime, a series of hand clapping to mark the end of a successful meeting.
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They pose in front of the stage and bowed before going backstage.
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Facing the right in thanks...
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Hall entrance and sign
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.
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Oiran and her attendants then performed a short but spectacular oiran show on the stage from about 2 pm. おいらんショー
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(Applause)
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Geisha catching a taxi homePhoto by Kevin Mihaly.
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They perform in mid-Oct. on the same day and place as Kiba Kakunori log rolling.
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With okami-san
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Geisha on palanquin.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. Also see the video at YouTube.
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おいらんショー
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag along a metal wand.
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai geisha perform at Kiba Park.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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The gold folding screen, koto music, and dance made it a real visual treat.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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They only chant, no dancing.
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Finale: Throwing hand towels
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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Oiran drinks sake.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Tekomai geisha cross Eitai-bashi Bridge to enter Koto Ward along Eitai-dori.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげThis is a maiko.
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手古舞
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Lighting a tobacco pipe. (Real smoke)
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ
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Tekomai geisha at Eitai-bashi
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Her customer smokes the pipe.
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End of show, see you next year in May!
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