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Gion Corner Theater
Gion Corner Theater Review
Some call it a tourist trap, but for others it's a comprehensive introduction to Japanese performing arts. The one-hour show here combines court music and dance, ancient comic plays, Kyoto-style dance performed by maiko (apprentice geisha), and puppet drama. Segments are also offered on the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and koto music. Before attending a show, walk around Gion and Ponto-cho. You're likely to see beautifully dressed geisha and maiko on their way to work. It's permissible to take their picture—"Shashin o tottemo ii desu ka?"—but as they have strict appointments, don't delay them.
For tickets, contact your hotel concierge or call the theater directly. The show costs ¥3,150—a bargain considering that it would usually cost 10 times as much to watch maiko and geisha perform. Two performances are held nightly at 7 and 8, from March through November. No performances are offered August 16.
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