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KyotoTown ≪ Fall-Dancing Performance ≫

Hello this is Myako.

It is now September. Fall-Dancing performance are going to be hold in every hanamachi in Kyoto.
Geiko and Maiko in all hanamachi are practicing very hard everyday.

Gion higashi(hanamachi) does not have ‘Spring-Dancing performance’ so they have ‘Gion Odori’(Gion dancing) in fall instead.
Other four Hanamachi have ‘Spring-dancing ‘ and ‘Fall-dancing’, there are two dance performances in a year.
but fall dancing show are different from spring one.

Spring dancing has bright and gorgeous atmosphere and you can feel spring when you watch the show.
They make you feel like you are in festival. It is about an hour-show. There are many people come to watch them happly.

So how about Fall dancing?
Well, Geiko and Maiko dance in solemn atmosphere and you could feel the tense of air when you watch the show.
There are three-hours show sometimes.It is like a performance stage of showing their everyday’s hard practice.
So, you have to know that you could enjoy watching it but also it gives you deep tension as well.

 
Since the term of the performance is shorter than spring one, it would be more difficult to get tickets.
Mainly people who come to see Fall-dancing performance are teachers or masters of various fields and enthusiastic fans…

Off course Geiko and Maiko are practicing very hard for both performances, however they gets much more nervous at Fall dance show.

In the meantime, there are some Maiko who are happy and excited.
Less than one-year-Maiko of Gion kobu are allowed to put rouge  on their both lips(Normally they have to put rouge only lower lip) When they are at the Fall dancing stage.

They, off course ,get nervous so much because these are going to be the first stage for them but they make smiles naturally when they see their both lips with rouge looking through the mirror…

It is about time of last spurt of danicng for all Geiko and Maiko.
Please keep going with practicing!

Thank you,

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