After the main Ozashiki the guests for the evening started to file out and wend their ways home as our regulars stayed behind for the private ceremony that is the (literal) end to Sakkou.
Those who had the special invitations I sent out had come to witness the end of my time as Maiko and celebrate the Geisha I was ready to become. I was very nervous and went to the back room to prepare to be presented and perform my last dance as Maiko, Kurokami.
When everything had calmed down (including me) and I knew the celebratory sparkling sake and cups were set out ready I was announced by Hachisaru, who thanked those present for supporting the development of the Maiko who was about to perform. I danced Kurokami.. trying to maintain my presence of mind, sinking my awareness into each moment and it’s bodily representation of the lyrics in the song. Luckily my Shamisen Sensei had been teaching me to sing and play the music so that helped me a lot with my connection.
I felt especially nervous about movements that were usual to this piece.. its a very slow dance so technically one is worried about fast movements and coordination.. but then that means you have to be confident in holding emotion in the slower parts. And also there are a considerable number of moves on the floor!
After the dance it was time to celebrate and reminisce. I had bought some special Sparkling Sake for the occasion so Obasan poured for everyone and we made a toast.. to Art and to the new chapter…Geisha Hachiko!
The End of Sakkou Ceremony.
As part of my anthropological study of ‘Learning by Doing’ and with my path being a echo of the one walked by Maiko in Kyoto turning into Geiko we performed the traditional ceremony… Sakkou is a special style – the only one to experience this ceremony of it gradually being cut apart by those who are close to the artist wearing it. Patrons, Mentors, Sisters… all take in turns to cut a little of the bonds that tie together this style representing the last moments of Maiko.
It was so lovely to have so many people who have supported me as I have grown in confidence as an artist.. a social artist and a performer. I have been quite nervous as I have been learning, along with my epileptic interruptions, how I fit as a western explorer of Japanese art. Each person has been so important in that path! Douzo Yoroshiku 🙂
Congratulations to Obasan for helping people through the steps of the hairstyle that I constructed… quite a labyrinth I suspect!
I shall write next when I have time about my first steps as Geisha.. over the year I have been requested more and more and it drains my blogging energy ^^