On December 13, 2023, Kyoto City held an annual event called ''Koto Hajime(Start of Things),'' in which Kyoto's red-light districts and old houses begin preparations for New Year's greetings. In the red light district, geisha and maiko dressed in kimono went around greeting arts masters and teahouses, saying ''Omedetou Sandos(=Congratulations).''

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Due to automatic translation, some expressions may not be accurate.