Biwa Hoshi

Biwa Hoshi: Biwa hōshi , also known as “lute priests”, were travelling performers in the era of Japanese history preceding the Meiji period. They earned their income by reciting vocal literature to the accompaniment of biwa music. Often blind, they adopted the shaved heads

Miyako Odori

Miyako Odori: The geiko (Geisha) and maiko (apprentice Geisha) of Gion perform annual public dances, as do those of all five geisha districts in Kyoto. The oldest of these date to the Kyoto exhibition of 1872. The more popular of these is the Miyako Odori, literally “Dances of t


Rakugo:   Rakugo ( literally “fallen words”) is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. The lone storyteller (rakugoka) sits on stage, called Kōza . Using only a paper fan (sensu) and a small cloth (tenugui) as props, and without standing up from the seiza sitting po
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