Hanamachi of March
You could enjoy watching plum blossom in the beginning of March in Kyoto and also might see cherry blossom in the end of march.
Maiko’s Kanzashi of March are pretty yellow ‘rape blossom’, mature looking flower ‘daffodil’,and symbol of Hinamatsuri’peach blossoms’.
(*Hinamatsuri…Doll’s festival celebrate day for young girls which is March 3rd.)
Generally Hinamatsuri dolls are put away right after 3rd of March however, in Hanamachi people decolate Hina doll around 3rd of March and put away at Hinamatsuri of Old calendar.
According to another view,Hina dolls are displayed when there are full of various flower so that Hina doll could enjoy watching.
Well, since there are many Hinamatsuri event in Kyoto, you might have some opportunities to see Geiko and Maiko somewhere in town.
And also March is the month of ‘Shikomi san’ debut.They have left their hometown and started living at Okiya in Hamanachi.
Kyoto of this month
3th(Tue） Hiina matsuri(Fes) at Ichihime shrine
Nagashibina at Shimogamo shrine
Touka jinji at Kamigamo Shrine
many related events in Kyoto city
6th（Fri）～15th（Sun） Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2015 around Higashiyama
6th（Fri）～15th（Sun） Shorenin Night special visit at Shorenin
Kiyomizu temple Night special visit at Kiyomizu Temple
10th（Tue） Hozugawa kudari Opening celemonny Hozugawa
Geinou jotatsu Kigansai Horin temple
14th（Sat）～15th（Sun） Seiryue Kiyonizu temple
20th（Fri）～ Nijojo (nijo castle) light up illumination Nijojo
22th（Sun） Senbon shaka nembutsu at Senbon shaka dou
25th（Wed）～ Kitano Odori (dance performance) at Kamishichiken Kaburenjo
27th（Fri）～ Gion Shirakawa Yoizakura light up around Gion shirakawa
29th（Sun） Hanezu Odori(dancing) Zuishinin
Mid to late March Special night events Cherry blossoms illumination at night
Special open- public in Spring Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine in Kyoto city
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●Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2015
There are 2500lanterns around at Higashiyama where you could satisfied Kyoto. Many shrines and temples near Higashiyama will special public open and light up illumination.
Place around Higashiyama
Date 6th (Fri) -15th(Sun) light up time 6pm-9:30pm
Maiko from all five Hanamachi are going to have dance show performance at HigashiyamaHanatouro It is going to be held at Yasaka as usual but they dance at the Noh stage. This year will be bit different.
Place Yasaka shrine Noh Stage
Date 7th (Sat) Maiko from Gion kobu
8th (Sun) Miyakawacho
13th (Fri) Pontocho
14th (Sat) Kamishichiken
15th (Sun) Gion Higashi
Inquiry 075-212-8173 (Kyoto Hanatouro suishin kyogikai jimukyoku)
●Kitano Odori (Kitano dance performance)
Geiko and Maiko from Kamishichiken has Spring Dance Performance. They have been practicing so hard. Kaburenjo of Kamishichiken were renovated a couple years ago, so everything are new please enjoy.
Place Kamishichiken kaburenjo
Date 25th (Wed) -7th April (Tue)
Charge With tea 4800yen Without tea 4300yen
Inquiry 075-461-0148（Kamishichiken kabukai）
●Kyoto Gion shirakawa Light up
It is one of major night light up cherry blossom event around at Gion shirakawa and tatsumibashi.Also there will be photo session of Maiko under cherry blossom.
It used to be just only one time session but from this year it will be twice.
Place around Gion shirakawa tatsumibashi
Date 27th (Fri) ~5th April (Sun) light up 6pm-10pm
Photo session of Maiko
Place Gion shirakawa tatsumibashi
Date 31th (Tue) 3:30pm-5pm
Inquiry firstname.lastname@example.org (Gion shirakawa light up assosiation)
Please come to visit Kyoto.