Gosechi no Mai-Dance of Maidens

Noble and Elegant Dance by Maidens attired in the formal Juni-Hitoe (十二単) kimono.

Gosechi no Mai is a traditional Japanese dance that is performed during important ceremonies and festivals throughout the year. It originated in the Heian period as a way for the imperial court to celebrate and showcase their wealth and elegance. The dance is usually performed by women dressed in elaborate and colorful kimono, and the movements are slow and graceful, accompanied by traditional Japanese music. Gosechi no Mai is performed during five annual festivals known as gosechi, which mark important dates on the Japanese calendar, such as the New Year and the changing of the seasons.