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Festival ≪ Kaomise Souken by Minamiza ≫

Hello This is Myako.

‘Kaomise Souken’ is going to be held at Minamiza during a first week of December.
I talked about what they wear at our News Letter,today I will talk about during the stage.

On that day, front seats are for teachers,Okami(Chief of Ozashiki),staff of Hanamachi and Mom of Okiya.
Side seats are for Geiko and Maiko. By Gion kobu tradition, Maiko are sitting left side of the stage and Geiko are sitting opposite side.
And they have seats order to their height.

Fresh Maiko get excited and nervous on that day since they could see real Kabuki stars at the stage actually.
They,Kabuki actors are very famous and normally we could see them on TV screen or posters.

However..Kabuki is difficult play to understand, not like movies, besides most Maiko have never seen Kabuki before.
I heard that it is quite hard for Maiko to watch long Kabuki performance without yawning.
But it could be seen clearly from Actors and Actresses on the stage if Maiko are falling asleep.
And teachers, Okami and Mom of okiya, everyone could see Maiko…so they cannot yawn or fall asleep..never.

That is why they must bring mint candies on that day! Whenever they get sleepy during the stage,they have mint candies.
And one more thing, they are helping out to wake up each other if they see someone fall asleep.

They are having lunch at any restaurant they like during lunch break.Some go to Soba(Japanese noodle) restaurant and some go to eel restaurant. they made reservation in advance.

Off course you could see Kabuki actor’s sign on ‘Maneki’-Kanzashi of Maiko after all.

‘Kaomise Souken’..it is one of busy day of ‘Shiwasu’ December.

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