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The Kagai in Kyoto (Paperback)

Hiroshi Mizobuchi

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Title: The Kagai in Kyoto (Paperback)

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Kagai, literally translated as “Flower Town,” is the term Kyoto people use for the districts where the geiko and maiko practice the high-class arts that have made their beauty and refinement legendary the world over. There are five Kagai in Kyoto: Gion Kobu, Miyagawacho, Pontocho, Kamishichiken and Gion Higashi.

This over 300-page volume is divided into five chapters:

ELEGANCE OF GEIKO AND MAIKO: Features the beauty of the protagonists in Kagai, with the details on their hairstyles and flower ornaments.

SPLENDOR OF DANCE STAGE: Features geiko and maiko on the stage, showing their seriously pursued entertainment skills.

FOUR SEASONS IN KAGAI: Presents a lot of annual events throughout the year.

GION BETWEEN 1973 AND 1985: Shows the tradition in Kagai.

TRANSITION FROM MAIKO TO GEIKO: Documenting a girl entering this world as an apprentice, and her efforts for 5 years to become a geiko.

This definitive photo collection will be a good introduction to Kyoto’s traditional culture.

About the Author:

Hiroshi Mizobuchi is a photographer specializing in Kyoto's entertainment quarter for a long time. He had exhibitions in Washington DC, Miltenberg in Germany as well as various cities in Japan. He has published more than 20 books.

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