Katsukiyo and Umewaka, 2 geiko of Kamishichiken district, perform during the Kitano Odori.
A short excerpt from the Kitano Odori programme:
Kamishichiken is the oldest and most distinguished gay quarters (as in merry, not the modern connotation) in Kyoto, and training of geiko is given with the idea of producing an excellent few rather than a large number of mediocre entertainers. Therefore they are required to master many arts, such as shamisen, hand drum, dancing and traditional ballads like kiyomoto, tokiwazu, kouta, and nagauta...
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