While I waited for Katsutomo-san to come out of her okiya on the second day of her Erikae, I took in my surroundings. Looking north up Hanamikoji dori, I saw the bobbing red lanterns and the red stop sign, itself masquerading as a lantern.
“A New Day in Gion” celebrates this fresh new day. The sun, still low in the sky, lights up some areas of the street but not yet others, making for a dance of shadows and illuminations.
Each new day is a kind of rebirth; a chance for possibilities and inspiration…especially a new day in Gion.
A little later I got my inspiration when Katsutomo-san appeared. It was to be a day celebrating the colour red.
p.s. technical note: how to get luminous reds – lay down a light layer of white pencil on the paper before applying the red.
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