Hair tangled up with performing arts

A dancer’s ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a proper hairstyle. The most accurate and suitable hairstyle for wearing a kimono on stage is a complicated nihongami. However, it is not made of the performer’s real hair. Even long time before the modern era, artists used handmade wigs (katsura). For actors and dancers, wigs were (and still are) an essential part of the stage costume, as certain hairstyles enhance and express the specific roles.

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Art of dance and music among red leaves of fall

As autumn comes and leaves’ tones turn slowly into orange and red, all of the Kyoto hanamachi get into a festive mood again. October is the month of the sophisticated dance recitals which, unlike April’s Miyako and Kyou Odori, are not that much “touristic”. In fact, most of the tourists may have no idea about these shows, and the audience mainly consists of conscious spectators connected with this unique world of art. Tickets are usually hard to obtain and, if you ask me, maybe it’s better this way. Autumn dances of the Old Capital guard the mysterious aura of the upscale Kyoto entertainment.

Maiko Toshisumi and fallen maple leaves by Chee from kyoto.flowertourism.net/maiko/

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Within the modern geisha community – the brief principles

Artykuł został oryginalnie opublikowany pod tytułem “Gejsze w Japonii – między tradycją a współczesnością” przez Centrum Studiów Polska-Azja (http://www.polska-azja.pl/m-superata-gejsze-w-japonii-miedzy-tradycja-a-wspolczesnoscia/)

The article below was originally published by me as “Geisha in Japan – between tradition and contemporaneity” for Poland-Asia Scientific Center (http://www.polska-azja.pl/m-superata-gejsze-w-japonii-miedzy-tradycja-a-wspolczesnoscia/)

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