Tanewaka Dancing Momiji no Hashi

Maiko Tanewaka of Miyagawa-cho performing the dance Momiji no Hashi
Maiko Tanewaka of Miyagawa-cho performing the dance Momiji no Hashi

"Momiji noHashi" or "Bridge of Maple Leaves" is my favorite dance from Miyagawa-cho because it is one of the few dances from all of Kyoto's five geisha districts that requires the geiko or maiko to dance with two fans.

It is being performed here by one of my favorite maiko from Miyagawa-cho, Tanewaka. When I asked Tanewaka about dancing "Momiji no Hashi," she told me, "This dance expresses the colors of autumn and the romance between autumn and winter."

Winter has now given way to spring here in Kyoto, with the cherry trees near my home already in full bloom. The cherry trees downtown were still a few days away from blooming when I walked along Kiyamachi-dori yesterday.

Given the choice between the warm reds, oranges, and yellows of maple leaves and the pale pinks of cherry blossoms, I have to say I'll take the warm colors of fall every time!