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SV PAN Maiko girls walking along street and entering Inoue-san's house (2 shots)
SV Inoue-san talking to Maiko girls and giving them presents (2 shots)
CU PAN Maiko girls seated around Inoue-san (3 shots)
GV Row of girls watching colleague receiving gift
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Background: 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.