Kyoto is – along with Osaka – the centre of classical Japanese arts. Traditions here are passed down from generation to generation, primarily through individuals who hold the status of “living national treasures”. Like Inoue Yashiyo V, the fifth teacher in a sequence of a dance called Kyomai
Kyomai – Dance of Ages
A geisha, or a geiko as they are known in Kyoto, is in her own right an outstanding artist and custodian of Japan’s courtly culture. In order to acquire all the necessary skills to become a great practitioner of the classical repertoire, the aspiring geisha needs to undergo a lengthy apprenticeship at a school at which Inoue Yachiyo V is teacher. A consummate performer, Yachyo V has steered her school of Kyomai through all the perils of modernity.