Miyako Dance


Miyako Dance (Miyako Odori )

***** Location: Kyoto
***** Season: Late Spring
***** Category: Humanity


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Miyako Odori 都踊 (みやこおどり, 都をどり)
April 1∼30
Dance of the Capital

Miyako, this is the
"Flowering Capital of Kyoto" 花の都 Hana no Miyako.

It started in the times of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the dances of Higashiyama.



In 1871 Kyoto Governor Nobuatsu Hase and Vice Governor Masanao Makimura, in a direct response to the Meiji Restoration (1862-69) and the official shift of the Court of Emperor Meiji from Kyoto to Edo (now Tokyo), planned Japan's first Exposition in Kyoto (no longer the "Imperial City") to counter the perceived loss of status as well as to showcase the Art, Culture and Industry still alive and thriving in the City.

Subsequently, Jirouemon Geiko Sugiura, Gions' Representative and owner of "Mantei" (still in existence today as "Ichiriki", then and now a popular "Private" House for Kyoto's Geiko and Maiko performances) received a request from the Prefectural Government to stage the 1st "Public" Dance performance by the nationally famous Geiko and Maiko. In collaboration with Yachiyo Inouye the III (the Master of the Kyomai Dance School), Mr. Sugiura conceived a tightly choreographed and highly stylized group performance of the "Kamenoko Odori" dance from Ise Furuichi.

In March of 1872 the "Miyako Odori Junicho", proposed by Vice Governor Makimura as an extension of the popular "Kamenoko Odori", was performed for the first time with a full chorus and traditional Japanese Orchestra in a grand, classically beautiful house named "Matsunoya" located in Gion. This Performance (affectionately referred to as the "Gion Kobu Dance") was the prototype of the "Miyako Odori" that continues to the present day.

Immediately following the triumph of the "Matsunoya" performance all parties involved swore an oath declaring that the "Gion Kobu Dance" must remain the exclusive domain of Inoue the III's Kyomai School and this solemn promise is honored to this day. In April of 1873 the "Miyako Odori" moved permanently to the more spacious confines of Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. The originality, authenticity, beauty, quality and dignity of the "Miyako Odori" is now entrusted to the current Master of Kyomai Dance, Yachiyo Inouye the V and takes place each Spring in Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater.

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Miyako Odori

a BLOG with information and many photos about the good old times

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"long" bridge over the Kamo River 京師 Keishi
(a place where a lot of people walk)

Ando Hiroshige 1797-1858 安藤広重

This is the last of the 53 stations of the Tokaido.
This is the Sanjo Ohashi 三条大橋, which had been built as a stone bridge by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Here in the woodblock it is featured as a wooden bridge.
This gives doubt weather Hiroshige was acutally here to sketch the scene from real life or weather he painted from heresay and sketches of someone else.


temane shite hanashi wa miyako odori kana

imitating the movements ...
and talking all the time
about the Miyako Dance

Tr. Gabi Greve

© Haiku of the Blind

Related words

Kamogawa Dance, Kamogawa Odori
鴨川踊 (かもがわおどり)

Kamo River Dance (加茂川)

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This dance is performed by the maiko and geiko of Ponto-cho 先斗町(ぽんとちょう) Hanamachi in Kyoto.
From the first of May to the 14th.
It began in 1872 as a part of the Kyoto Exposition. Later it was established as an annual event. This refined stage performance enjoys a wide range of fans.

More Reference !


***** Azuma Odori .. Azuma Dance, Tokyo Dance

***** Miyako Odori .. "Dance of the Capital" in Kyoto

***** Kamogawa Odori .. Kamogawa Dance in Kyoto

***** Shimabara Odori .. Shimabara Dance, Kyoto

***** Naniwa Odori ... Naniwa Dance in Osaka

"Flowering Capital of Kyoto" 花の都 Hana no Miyako.




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