Maiko and Geiko to Visit Sydney, Perth, Auckland and Wellington

Ryoka is one of the Geiko who will be performing traditional dance in Australia and New Zealand.

Ryoka is one of the Geiko who will be performing traditional dance in Australia and New Zealand.  (slightly blurry photo by me)

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?

Tomitsuyu waiting to cross Shijo-dori. She lived in New Zealand for four years and is fluent in English.

Tomitsuyu waiting to cross Shijo-dori. She lived in New Zealand for four years and is fluent in English. (photo by me)

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 jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Maiko and Geiko to Visit Sydney, Perth, Auckland and Wellington

  1. Merilyn Elson says:

    Thanks for the heads up – it would be great to see

  2. I can imagine you are counting the days! It will interesting to see if the photos you get will have a different feel in bright Australian light. I wonder why all the performances except Sydney are free? Presumably it is to do with promoting Japan as a tourist destination.

    • Well, Anna, the price for a Sydney ticket was either $5 or $10 (can’t remember which) which was exceedingly minimal. Also the film “Lady Maiko” will be screened. I wish that film was being screened again in Perth too. In any case, Sydney sold out. Now I’ve read that Auckland has sold out as well. Seems the venues are quite small. It is a pity as I already know of people who have missed out.
      We are very fortunate in Perth that the venue is an outdoor stage so nobody who wants to see will miss out. My post is mainly for Perth people – especially as quite a few people here have bought my drawings of Maiko and Geiko so here is their chance to see what the drawings are all about.
      The tour is part of a friendship exchange; the friendship between Japan and Australasia. The Japanese government are sending the Maiko and Geiko.

  3. I was so excited for you Julie when I saw Geiko were coming to Perth. Is it a coincidence that you know the particular ones coming or do you know them all. How many Maiko and Geiko are in Gion? Like Anna it will be interesting to see your pictures in the Australian light. Karen

    • Karen, I know their names because the information has been posted by the organisers of the event. I have photographed Hinagiku and Ryoka dancing in concerts. I photographed Tomitsuyu on the street (pictured in the blog). I met and talked to Ryoka at Gion Hatanaka Restaurant in Kyoto last September.
      I don’t know all the Maiko and Geiko in Kyoto; in fact I have only met very few of them. How many Maiko and Geiko in Kyoto? I don’t know the answer to that question.

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