Tag Archive: Fan Dancing

Ask and ye shall receive.

Because even I bow to peer pressure every once in awhile.  (Especially when those peers are my super awesome crit partners.) Performing 愛しき日々 (Ito Shiki Hibi, or Days of Love).  Of the two,… Continue reading

Black and white to emphasize texture

This last weekend, the TANK and I performed two Japanese fan dancing routines, one of which I was incredibly nervous about. The dances went okay, in case you were wondering.  Not perfect, but… Continue reading


So.  I think my adventures in Nagasaki decreased my white blood cell count or something equally preposterous.  Monday night I started getting a sore throat.  I’ve had it all day today.  I’m battling… Continue reading

Capturing Action: Nagasaki Memories

I’ve done a lot of talk about using the shutter to blur out people or calm ocean water in earlier Photo Mondays.  However, most people use the shutter for more pedestrian purposes–i.e., stopping… Continue reading

365 Out takes: June 6th

A few of the pictures that I thought were good, but maybe not as interesting as the one that I posted on my project 365 blog.  What do you think?  Did I make… Continue reading

And Ava said let there be video of us being Maiko-han, and behold, there was…

And she saw that we were… …well… …not bad.  But definitely not good.  Ah well.  We tried our best.  🙂

How to be Geisha-fied

The process for turning oneself into the stereotypical representation of Japanese womanhood (white face, red lips, crazy, stiff hair, and yards of fabric wound around you over and over) is, expectedly, a long… Continue reading


Ava and I had our fan dancing performance today, and it was a lot of fun.  I’m totally relieved that we get a reprieve from the PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE OMG schedule we had… Continue reading


This morning Ava and I drove up to Katsumoto to have a special fan dancing lesson with a renowned teacher, Fujiyama-sensei.  He is over 70-years-old, though he really doesn’t look a day over… Continue reading

The Marriage Noose

Three months of work finally culminated in a performance today: that’s right, I geisha-fied myself and attempted to forget how to walk and move like a westerner and I did some Japanese fan… Continue reading