Maiko Fukuhina in "Miyagawa Ondo"

The maiko Fukuhina of Miyagawa-cho dances in Miyagawa Ondo at the 2007 Kyo Odori
The maiko Fukuhina of Miyagawa-cho dances in Miyagawa Ondo at the 2007 Kyo Odori

This is a portrait of the maiko Fukuhina of Miyagawa-cho performing in "Miyagawa Ondo," the annual finale of Kyo Odori. The 65th Kyo Odori ended last Sunday, April 20, 2014, but this photo was taken at the 58th Kyo Odori in 2007 when photography was still permitted.

I have been attending Kyo Odori for a decade now, and the the 58th Kyo Odori remains one of the two most memorable for me, along with last year's 64th performance. The earlier performance stands out because it was the first time I photographed the event, and last year stands out because of the dance "Yuki Onna" ("Snow Maiden" in English).

Unfortunately, photography has not been permitted since 2009, so I have no photographs of "Yuki Onna" to share with you!