What is a dream come true? When people you fly half way round the world to see, actually come to you. I found out about this inaugural visit of Maiko and Geiko to Australasia from Facebook. (See, it’s good for something!) Now I share the news with you.
Miyako, Hinagiku, Ryoka (pictured above), Tomitae and Tomitsuyu (pictured below); all from Gion Higashi, will be performing in “Jewels of Kyoto: Traditional Dance and Music by Maiko of Gion“.
The first concert will be in Sydney on 23 February but it looks to be sold out according to the website. www.jpf.org.au
In Perth they will perform twice in Forrest Place as part of the Perth Japan Festival 2016 (Saturday 27th February). Each of the Perth performances will be 20 minutes long. The first performance will be at 12 noon and the second at 1.20 pm. There will be all kinds of Japanese entertainment showing all day (11 am until 6 pm) on a stage set up at Forrest Place. Also there will be many stalls with Japanese food, merchandise and information. This event is FREE. For more details visit http://wwwperthjapanfestival.com Will I be there? You bet!
From Perth our Maiko and Geiko fly to New Zealand. On Tuesday 1 March there will be a performance in Auckland and on Saturday 5th March another in Wellington. Click Jewels of Kyoto for details. The Auckland and Wellington concerts are FREE but it looks like you have to register – so what are you waiting for?
Afterword: I have read that the Auckland performance is sold out. That just leaves Wellington for New Zealanders. For information (and hopefully to get tickets) contact the Embassy of Japan in Wellington. Their phone number is 04 472 7807 and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org