Maiko Visit Stage to Renew Commitment to Their PerformanceRohm Theatre Kyoto30 September 2015 - Tradition/Culture
On September 30, maiko, or apprentice geishas from Kyoto's entertainment quarters visited Rohm Theatre Kyoto, which will open next January in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. Stepping onto the stage, they renewed their commitment to the "Hakka Kenran," the commemorative performance hosted by Kyoto Traditional Musical Art Foundation "Ookini Zaidan," which will take place on that hall next year.
The performance is a part of the foundation's 20th anniversary commemorative projects. Geisha from Shimbashi, Tokyo, the three entertainment quarters in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and "Kemban" or geisha agents in Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture have been invited to perform along with geisha from Kyoto's five entertainment quarters.
On that day, six maiko from Kamishichiken, Miyagawa-cho and Gion Higashi visited the newly completed Rohm Theatre Kyoto. Standing on the stage of the main hall and looking around the auditorium with approximately 2,000 seats, they said in surprise, "It's huge!" and tried out their dances. Komako, a 16-year-old maiko from Gion Higashi, said, "I am looking forward to this rare opportunity to be allowed on this large, beautiful stage."
The performances will take place at 2:30 p.m. on January 16 and at 12:30 p.m. on January 17. Tickets have been on sale from October 1. Special seat costs 13,000 yen; A-seats cost 9,500 yen and B-seats are 5,500 yen. For more information, call the foundation at 075-561-3901.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)