Gion odori (Gion Dance) (祇園をどり)

Gion odori: Gion odori is performed from November 1 to 10 annually in the Gion Kaikan Theater. Gion odori is the only Hanamachi (geisha districts in Kyoto) performance performed during the fall.

History
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Gion odori has been performed in November annually since then. Early on, gion odori was performed by 70 geishas; the performance, however, has suffered from the declining number of geisha that currently number only 23 (as of 2004).

History

1952: The first gion odori was performed.

From 1955 to 1957: there were no performances.

1958: Gion odori was resumed.

1989: The performance was canceled due to the death of Emperor Hirohito.

1994: A memorial performance took place for the 1200-year anniversary of the Heian capital foundation.