Not really in the mood to post any picture in this terrible month of March 2011 in Japan. When walking around Higashiyama, these posters remind us that the Maiko and Geiko spring dance performance is starting soon. These posters are announcing Kyo-Odori, the dances of the Hanamachi of Miyagawacho that will take place during April 2 - 17. Looking forward to see Tanewaka san who is on the above poster (right).
March is the start of the season of Kyoto great events and festivals. Like last year I went to Hanatouro, the temples light-up in Higashiyama. The highlight of this event are the dances performed by Maiko of the several Hanamachi (Maiko district) in Yasaka shrine. It started with the Hanamachi of Gion-kobu and Pontocho. Next week-end will be the 3 other hanamachi Miyagawacho, Kamishichiken and Gion-Higashi.
How wonderful to see Ayano san from Pontocho again. She became such a great dancer. I enjoyed watching her and taking pictures with a 200mm lens. I am so glad about the results of these shots.
First of all, thanks for all the messages I received after the earthquake yesterday. My family and myself are all safe.
I could finally post some pictures of Ichiraku san Erikae. Look at all the detail of her outfit, she is stunning. Unfortunately, I couldn't go there so we have to thank my wife for these nice pictures. Pontocho is my favorite place for Maiko pictures because this is not as crowded as Gion and the lighting is much nicer with the natural shadow of this narrow street.
Doesn't she look like an angel? Lovely Satsuki san! Her Misedashi took place on Feb 28. She was certainly impressed by the crowd of fans and photographers who would not miss her debut as a Maiko. This was only her first day and she was already famous.