Gion Odori in the Spotlight

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The spotlight fades on the geisha Tsunemomo at the end of the fourth scene of the 2011 Gion Odori, "In the Zashiki." Tsunemomo was playing the "Doll of a Court Lady," and the paper she is holding in her left hand is a poem she has written about the moon.

Gion Odori runs from November 1 - 10 every year at the Gion Kaikan in Kyoto, which is a movie theater the rest of the time that shows double features of Japanese and Western films.

This year's odori starts tomorrow, and there are usually still a few tickets available at the ticket booth each day. If you do not have tickets yet but would still like to attend, I recommend that you try any day except Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Those are usually the busiest days, while Mondays and Tuesdays are usually the slowest.