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Kotohajime, Pontocho

Kotohajime (13 December)

 

Kotohajime is an annual traditional ritual in the Kyoto Hanamachi districts, marking the commencement of preparations for the New Year.

 

Geiko and Maiko visit teachers of traditional arts and tea houses with kagami-mochi (mirror rice cake) and expressed their gratitude for the past year and best wishes for the year to come.

  

Video taken during Kotohajime in Gion & Pontocho :

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqPRJ_lgWL4

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Uploaded on December 13, 2007