In Japan, tradition counts for much. One tradition is the recognition of outstanding artists as?
In Japan, tradition counts for much. One tradition is the recognition of outstanding artists as "living Treasures" Recently in Gion Town, a group of admirers paid tribute to one of them.
SYNOPSIS: The "living Treasure" these girls were visiting founded a classical style of dancing called "Kyomai". The girls are "Maiko" or dancers. In the past, pupils of any great teacher made a formal end-of-year call on their mentor as a mark of respect and to deliver wishes for a happy new year. The "Living Treasure" is Yachiyo Inoue, once a Geisha, and now in her mid-seventies. She still performs the formal, stately dance and teaches it to young Geisha.
Inoue-san received a large number of former pupils. The ceremonial end-of-year visit is now largely neglected, but the Geisha still observe it. The traditional gift to the teacher consists of rice-cakes and a bitter orange. In return, Inoue-san presented each of her guests with a special fan and a word or two of advice and encouragement. The great days of the Geisha are over. But in Gion this tradition lives on.