Category: Fukagawa and Geisha

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Fukagawa Tekomai

Within Eto-ku (Current Fukagawa region), Fukagawa tekomai are determined as an Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset of the district. Tekomai are women that walk alongside or in front of the mikoshi during Fukagawa Hachiman Festival once every three years. As in the video above, they can also perform traditional Japanese music on-stage. Tekomai are said to have...

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More About Tekomai Dance

The tekomai dance was created in the mid-Edo Period when some geisha, dressed as men, showed up to lead a float. Tekomai is translated to “float-leading dance” in English. These tekomai dancers hold an iron rod in their right hands and hold a paper lantern with their names written on them in their left hands....

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Tekomai Dance

Tekomai Dance (手古舞) is originated from edo festivals which related to carrying around dashi (だし) in Sanno Festival and Ganda Matsuri. In addition, the dance is also known to be Tekomae (てこまえ). Nowadays, it is mostly known to be referring women whom involve themselves in practicing festivals and other entertainment related activities wearing Kotamae (こたまえ)....

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Fukagawa Tekomai dance

Tekomai is a dance performed at a festival at Tomioka Hachimangu. As ainaoyama stated in her/his article, Fukagawa Festival – Tomioka Hachimangu and geisha, Tomioka Hachimangu is a shrine in Tokyo which holds Fukagawa festival in mid-August. People dance Tekomai at the main festival than only comes once in three years. The festival and Tekomai...

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Fukagawa Dances Then and Now

Did you know that Fukagawa not only refers to a place, but also refers to a name of a dance song? I am going to write about the history of Fukagawa dances first and Fukagawa dances nowaday at the end. Fukagawa means a type of song that is played in Fukagawa dances. At the end...

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Trainee Dance Class

On Sat Dec 16, I joined the fukagawa trainee Sasane’s dance class with Hanayagi sensei. The class took place in an apartment with wooden flooring and a mirrored wall. The class started with a kuota that was about how a couple’s love is not like a broken umbrella. Because the kuota was about an umbrella,...

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Fukagawa Odori Japanese Dance Event

The kimono is Japan’s traditional dress. With its flamboyant and intricate designs, this unique attire is known all around the world. There are cultural events where you can both admire and wear a kimono. These events are demonstrations of Japanese traditional dance and folk dance. These traditional dance performances give the viewers the occasion to see the graceful...

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Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori0, translated as Capital City dance, is often performed to public in Kyoto. Geisha dances are rare to be shown in public because they usually perform in private gathering in tea house. The Miyako Odori is community of Gion Kobu geisha. Geiko community is very conservative with strict rules and traditional. Geiko, women trained...

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Fukagawa Dances

Geisha performances and their constructions In the kyoto pleasure districts around 1751, and first appears in print in kyoto Machibuure shisei [ compilation of decrees issued in kyoto ]in 1798. All girls should despise the fashions of child actors, female geiko, or prostitutes.But these days , they girls follow these peoples ‘ fashions or regard...

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Geisha Dances (fukagawa included)

Every year, each hannamachi (花街/geisha district) prepares a set of grand performance for public audiences. They are called Odori, which means dances. Odoris are similar to ballet or operas in the West because of the relation between the seniority of the geisha/maiko and their time in the spotlight. These events began in Tokyo in 1872, four years...

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