Gion Odori   祇園をどり

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Gion Odori

Performance during Gion Odori geisha.

Night flowers and beautiful day

Every autumn, from November 1st to 10th, the Kaikan Theatre in Gion features the Gion Odori, a festival of traditional geiko dance - geishas - and maiko, apprentice geiko. The dance, sleek and silent, immerses the viewer in a previously unknown side of Japan. Traditional games also punctuate the performances. Sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs, and sometimes more than fifteen Geiko appear onstage to shed their everyday image. A tea ceremony, which begins an hour before, will introduce you to the floral art of ikebana, served by the hosts and stars of the afternoon.

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