Waxing poetic in Gion

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun A maiko of the Gion Kobu entertainment district offers a white chrysanthemum at a monument inscribed with a tanka poem by Isamu Yoshii (1886-1960), during the annual Kanikakuni Festival in Kyoto on Thursday. Yoshii, a Tokyo native who lived in Kyoto, is known as the “Poet of Gion” for composing works while immersed in the world of geiko (Kyoto geisha) and maiko (apprentice geiko). The monument was erected by his friend and writer Junichiro Tanizaki and others to mark Yoshii’s 70th birthday. It bears a poem that begins with the phrase “Kanikakuni,” meaning “somehow.”Speech

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