Geisha and “maiko” apprentices performed annual spring dances April 1 to kick off the 142nd Miyako Odori event at the Gionkobu Kaburenjo theater in the ancient capital’s Higashiyama Ward.
The theme of the eight-act show in this year’s Miyako Odori is Japan’s traditional culture.
Japanese culture attracted much attention last year, including the Shikinen Sengu ceremony at Ise Jingu shrine in Mie Prefecture. The ceremony, held once every 20 years, comprises the reconstruction of shrine buildings on adjacent land plots and the transfer of the object of worship.
In addition, Mount Fuji joined the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites in 2013.
For this year’s performances, a picture representing Phoenix Hall of the Byodoin temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, where repair work is almost complete, set the background for the finale of the show. An ensemble of 35 geisha and apprentices enthralled spectators with well-synchronized and flamboyant dance moves.
The show is being staged four times every day through April 30. Admission varies between 2,000 yen ($19) and 4,500 yen.