Experience: Miyako Odori

Kyoto is home to five¬†hanamachi, or geisha neighborhoods. Every year, each neighborhood's geisha (or geiko, as they are known in Kyoto) and maiko put on a demonstration of their accomplished skills. Tickets sell out quick but last year, I was lucky enough to score a pair of tickets for a Sunday afternoon show by the... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Kabuki

You may be a little fuzzy on noh¬†and there's an excellent chance you haven't heard of kowakamai, but I'm betting most of you are familiar with kabuki. Granted this centuries-old performing art is not for every one (a bit too much warbling for me) but it's highly likely you'll come across kabuki at some point... Continue Reading →

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