Tea Ceremony by Maiko, Kyoto, Japan

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I like to live in Kyoto. Yes, I like it not because of its climate that is too cold in winter and too hot and humid in summer, but because of the way the daily life here is so busy with so many interesting things to do, to see, to experience, to eat.  I like the way our life here follows the  rhythm of the changing seasons.  I like it because of the numerous festivals, of what seems to be an unlimited number of temples, shrines, gardens, shops, restaurants, food items, and more.  I like it because it is for me the best place in all of Japan to experience the traditional Japan.  Yes, Kyoto is, without any doubt, the cultural and historical heart of this country that I like so much.

And of course, with all these numerous attractions and interests, Kyoto is probably the best place to get a glimpse into the world of the Maikos and Geikos, the always beautiful and mysterious world of the Geisha.

Last March, during the “Hanami” (“flower viewing”), the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, which in this case almost always mean cherry blossoms, we had he chance to attend a tea ceremony orchestrated by local Maikos.  It was so beautiful.  All the details seemed so aesthetically perfect.  I hope to have other opportunities to assist to other similar performances.  If you ever have such chance, don’t hesitate!


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