I was fortunate to be in the audience when Miyako, Hinagiku, Ryoka, Tomitae and Tomitsuyu (Geiko and Maiko from Gion Higashi) performed in Perth, Western Australia, on Friday evening. (Click on the images below to enlarge them.)
It was the first time that Geiko and Maiko have ever come to Australasia. They were here as guest performers, brought over by the Japanese Government, for The Perth Japan Festival 2016 (as well as performing in Sydney and New Zealand).
It was a beautiful performance. I only wish they had danced three times as long as they did.
There were two outdoor performances in the centre of Perth shopping precinct on the following day. I will write about that (with lots of photos) in the next day or two.
It was a whirlwind visit. Our honoured guests have already left us and are on their way to New Zealand where they will perform in Auckland and Wellington on 1st and 5th March respectively.
I hope to follow their visit with my own performance; that is, a drawing to commemorate an absolutely unique-to-Perth experience.