Statue of Izumo no Okuni
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.

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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,745 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
The statue of Izumo no Okuni, the founder of Kabuki theatre is located close to Shijo Bridge.Although Kabuki theatre is strongly associated with women, it was a woman founded it. Okuni, the servant of the sanctuary Izumo Taisha, who began to perform ritual dances in a dry riverbed near Kyoto in 1603. Kabuki originally consisted largely of coarse and indecent performances; many Actresses were immoral life. The Tokugawa Shogunate was replaced by women, first by men and then those Mature men. The inscription " Okuni`s dance fascinated residents of Kyoto" is inscribed on the pedestal.
Written June 3, 2019
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badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,566 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is a good interpretation sculpture of the founder of the dance of kabuki and the sculpture is quite detailed and looks lifelike

Just a pity that there was no description in English by the piece to explain to the Tourists
Written March 31, 2019
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