Geisha and maiko from the red-light district Kamishichiken visited Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, praying for success in the Kitano odori and improving their skills this spring. Approximately 20 geisha and maiko in kimono walked in a line along the approach to the shrine, which was scented with the faint scent of plum blossoms that were in full bloom, and at the main shrine, they clasped hands with serious expressions on their faces.

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