A colorful stage full of dancing geiko (Kyoto geisha) and apprentices known as maiko heralded the start of the annual Kamogawa Odori, a traditional event in Kyoto known as a harbinger of early summer in the ancient capital.
The kimono-clad women performed graceful dances in the Ponto-cho Kaburenjo theater on April 30.
The 175th Kamogawa Odori runs from May 1 through May 24 and features two dances.
They include a dance about the Genpei War, a civil conflict between two rival clans that led to the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate in 1192.
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