Hanamchi of December
Kanzashi of December is not flower or leaves.. but ‘Maneki’. It is name boards of actors who will perform at the ‘Kaomise’ performance.
In December,there is ‘Kaomise Souken’ will be held at the beginning of the month. Then Kabuki stage,’Kichirei Kaomise Kougyo’, will be holding for a month.
Regards ‘Maneki’, Kabuki actor’s name are written by writing brush .
At the ‘Kaomise Souken’day, Maiko go to Kabuki actors or actress Dressing room and then ask them to write their name on the ‘Maneki’.
Black ink is men’s name and Red ink is women’s.
Also there will be ‘Koto Hajime’ at middle of December.It is the event of preparing for New years.
In Japan, December has another name ‘Shiwasu’ it means ‘teachers or priests are running around'(usually teachers or priests don’t run even if they are busy but in december they run around the town busily).
So we are as busy as a bee in December.Geiko and Maiko are also running around in Hanamachi in this month!
And .. after ‘shiwasu’, there will be long holiday that they are looking forward to! Please hold on.
Kyoto of this month
beginning of the month Lightup/ Special admissions everywhere in Kyotocity
～26th（Fri） Kichirei Kaomise Kougyou Kyoto/ Shijyou Minamiza
1st（Mon） Kenchasai (tea-offering festival) Kitano tenmangu
7th（Sun）～8th（Mon） Jyoudoe houyou Daikondaki at Senbon syakadou (Daihouon temple)
8th（Mon） harikuyo (needle Memorial service) at Horin temple
12th（Fri）～21st（Sun） Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro 2014 aroud Saga Arashiyama
13th(Sat） Kotohajime at each Hanmachi
13th（Sat）～14th（Sun）Kyo Ryouri tenji kai(Kyoto receip Exhibition tournament) at Miyako messe(Kyotoshi kangyokan)
13th～end of the month Awarding of Oohukuume (plum) at Kitano Tenmangu
20th（Sat） Susuharai at Nishi hongan temple Higashi honngan temple
21st（Sun） Shimai kobo at Touzi temple
23rd (Tue) Pumpkin memorial service at Yata temple
25th（Thu） Shimai tenjin at Kitanotenmangu
31st（Wed） Okera mairi At Yasaka shrine
Jyoyano Kane at Chion in
Hello this is Myako.
You would see many end-year events in December!
The tea offering-festival is celebrated in front of Shinto in honor of ‘Kitano Daichanoyu party’which were held by Hideyoshi Toyotomi at 15year of Tensho Era.
Praying for development of Tea ceremony and offer tea to Michizaneko Sugawara. There are seats not only in Kitano tenjin but also in Kaburenjo, all Geiko and Maiko from Kamishichiken are coming to this festival to serve.
Place: Kitano tenmangu
Date and time: 1st(Mon) 9am-3pm (ceremony starts at 10am-)
Inquiry: 075-461-0005 （Kitano tenmangu shamusho）
There is the tradition from old days in Hanamachi.’Kotohajime’ which is to go visiting people around to thank this year and let them know to start preparing for New year.
At Gion koubu, teachers receive kagamimochi(round rice cake )and they display them at the day, then teachers give ‘dancing fun’ to Maiko who came to thank to their place.
Place: each Hanamchi
date and time: 13rd(Satu) 10am~
●#109 Kyo Ryori tenji kai(Kyoto receip Exhibition tournament)
‘Kyo Ryori tenji kai(Kyot receip Exhibition tournament)’was started at year of 1886 by Kyoto Ryori association and it is 109th in this year.
There are Exhibition, kyo vegetable shops and bento(lunch box) from famous Japanese-style restaurant. And Maiko have dance performance as one of kyoto traditions.
Place :Miyako Messe (kyoto shi kangyokan)
date and time: 13rd (Sat)-14t(Sun)
Charge: advance 600yen The day 800yen
Inquiry 075-221-5833 Kyoto ryori association jimukyoku