like everyone says, to fully understand something you must know the history of it, right?
the Miyako Odori began in 1872, the idea for the odori (which means dance in japanese, miyako being another word for Kyoto, the ancient capital of japan.) came from the most respected Haruko Inouye, a master dance teacher, and Jiroeman Sugiura, the proprietor of an ever-famous tea house (that is still in existance today, the Ichirki ochaya, or tea house). the governer of kyoto made it official, the dance launched in march 1872.
a total of 204 geisha (maiko and geiko, jikata and tachikata alike) perform the Miyako Odori, which includes the music and dancing. the odori is internationally admired and credited as one of the most beautiful showcases of the traditional arts in japan.
it is one of my sincerest dreams to someday travel to japan and attend a performance of the miyako odori.
the kimono are absolutely stunning. a majority of the maiko; apprentice geisha, wear a blue dancing kimono, the upper body embellished pink, white, red, and orange flowers (cherry blossoms, if i am correct) and white leaf branches, the sleeve and bodice designs are recognized by certain years. the same kimono will sometimes be used different years due to the high cost of the kimono (an entire ensemble can easily cost up to 100,000 united states dollars.). the geiko; full-fledged and experienced geisha, wear different costumes depending on their roll in the dance.
mboogiedown's beautiful photography of the miyako odori
miyako odori official website
miyako odori english page
the odori is a sight to see, spring in japan is just perfect. :D