The English text and select scans have been reproduced
on Immortal Geisha as an effort to build an archive and help preserve
this charming ephemera based history of the flower and willow world.
All text and scans have been reproduced in a rather time intensive
manner from either the private collection of Naomi
Graham-Diaz of ImmortalGeisha.com, or from Bijinga.com.
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on other websites.
It is hoped that you enjoy this little known piece of geisha history!
Azuma Odori ("Tokyo Dance")
28th - 31st May
The first performance of the Azuma Odori by the geisha and hangyoku
of Shinbashi was in 1925, shortly after the opening of the Shinbashi
Enbujo. The opening of the Shinbashi Enbujo was a huge achievement
for the Shinbashi quarter, as the theatre was built for the geisha
themselves to enable them to showcase their hard work, dedication,
The Azuma Odori, named after the ancient name for the city, quickly
became an annual favourite of Tokyo, being performed both in Spring,
and then in Autumn. Unfortunately, whilst it used to be performed
over a period of a couple of weeks, it is now only performed over
the span of 4 or so days.
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text from these programs...