Kyoto geisha begin making preparations for New Year’s

KYOTO (Kyodo) Geisha in Kyoto gave a seasonal greeting to their dance master Monday as part of the “kotohajime” event signaling the start of their preparations for the New Year’s season.

They visited the home of Inoue Yachiyo, a master of the Kyomai dance school, in the Hanamachi entertainment quarter.

They lined up to greet Yachiyo in a room adorned with tall stacks of New Year’s “mochi” rice cakes. They received fans along with the encouraging words “Hang in there.”