Special Traditional Joint Performance by Kyoto's Five Entertainment DistrictsEarly Summer Brilliance25 June 2016 - Tradition/Culture
On June 25, a joint performance called "Miyako-no-nigiwai," danced by "Geiko" and "Maiko," or geisha and apprentice geisha, from Kyoto's five entertainment quarters, took place at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. A total of 80 Geiko and Maiko gathered and performed graceful dances.
This year marks its 23rd anniversary. Dancers from the five districts showed off Japanese classical dances in turn. Miyagawa-cho danced "Shiki Sanbaso" in Kiyomoto style. Gion Higashi danced "Kimigayo Sho-Chiku-Bai" in Nagauta style. Kamishichiken's performance was "Hanaguruma" in Nagauta style and Ponto-cho's was "Tamaya" in Kiyomoto style. Gion Kobu performed "Aki no Irokusa" in Nagauta style.
For the closing stage, a popular program titled "Miyako-no-nigiwai," in which 20 Maiko from each of the five entertainment quarters appeared on stage simultaneously, added color to the performance. When four Maiko from different districts appeared on stage to dance "Gion Kouta," or a traditional Japanese ballad that is known as the song of Gion, a festive atmosphere immediately filled the hall. For the finale "Kyo Kouta," or a traditional Japanese ballad known as the song of Kyoto, all dancers took to the stage and made deep bows.
The public performance is sponsored by Kyoto Traditional Musical Art Foundation "Ookini Zaidan" and "Kyoto Hanamachi Kumiai Rengokai," or an association of Kyoto entertainment areas.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)