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    In Japan, tradition counts for much. One tradition is the recognition of outstanding artists as?

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADRO2JK6FBKH8BEQQSCL4N6JJK
    Media URN:
    VLVADRO2JK6FBKH8BEQQSCL4N6JJK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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