Maiko Tanewaka in Kyo Odori 2008
The maiko Tanewaka of Miyagawa-cho performs in the first scene of the 2008 Kyo Odori, "One Hundred Scenes of Kyoto Performed with Flower Fans." Since Tanewaka made her debut just three months before the start of Kyo Odori in 2007, I believe this marks her first appearance in the dance. She might have appeared at the very back of the stage during "Miyagawa Ondo," the annual grand finale of Kyo Odori, in 2007, but I can't recall if she did or not. (New maiko often get their feet wet by appearing at the very back of the stage during the last part of "Miyagawa Ondo." I'm sure it helps them get used to the feeling of being on stage in front of a large audience, and there is relatively little pressure on them since there are twenty or thirty geisha and maiko in front of them. If you don't look closely, you barely notice them behind the other dancers with their swinging fans and obi.) In any case, this is definitely Tanewaka's first appearance as a featured performer in Miyagawa-cho's most important dance of the year.