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    Otemoyan (おてもやん) Dance at the Noh Stage of Yasaka Shrine.


    The next performer was a lady dressed in summer kimono who performed the traditional Otemoyan (おてもやん) dance at the Noh Stage of Yasaka Shrine, during the  Yoi-Yoiyama Matsuri, part of the 2014 Gion festival. Otemoyan is the name of the lady singing this popular folkloristic song. “Yan” is a polite way to address a lady in past times. Otemoyan is a Japanese folk song (Min'yō-民謡) from Kumamoto Prefecture. Originally, it was a song played during drinking parties with geisha girls. The song is about Chimo, a young maiden in the Meiji period, who is in love with a man with smallpox scars on his face. They just got married but she hesitates to hold an open wedding ceremony due to possible comments made by the townspeople about her new husband's look. Anyhow, she is still charmed by him regardless of his look.

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