Sunday, June 03, 2007

Kamogawa Odori: Travel Along the Tokaido II

The Otsu Painting
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Hisano, now the second highest ranking maiko in Pontocho, dances with the official flower of Kamogawa Odori: Wisteria.

The town of Otsu (Omi Province, now Shiga Prefecture), is famous for a painting of wisteria maidens that comes to life as the traveling geiko reach the first stop on their way to Edo.
The geiko Aya steps out of the painting to perfrom the dance of the wisteria maidens with Hisacho and Ichimame.
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Aya
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Ichikyo and Hisamari

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Always elegant, graceful and statuesque: Hisano.

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Ichimame of Pontocho is the highest ranking maiko in her district.

2 comments:

Marisa said...

beautiful captures Melissa! ^-^

i noticed Hisano is wearing Hisamari's obidome (i mean, i always saw her wearing it...)

Melissa said...

Good eye Marisa! Hisamari was her older sister. I guess as the senior maiko in the house she gets all the goods (^-^) It is lovely, isin`t it?