A Pink Dance for a Pink Flower
Zuishin-in Temple is a temple famous for its plum tree blossoms, and located 20 minutes from Kyoto station by train. In this temple also famous for their connection with Ono no Komachi, one of Japan’s legendary beauties, every year a Hanezu Odori is performed on the last Sunday of March, just when the plum trees are in full bloom. In old Japanese hanezu means pale pink, and so when dancing the girls wear elaborate pale pink costumes and bamboo hats decorated with plum flowers.
The dance tells the story of Ono no Komachi and the man who fell in love with her, Fukakusa no Shosho. As the children play Komachi and Shosho and dance to a children’s song that is about Komachi’s and Shosho’s tragic love, you can feel something fleeting in that carefree dance. Also in March you can see the Ono Plum Garden of Zuishin-in Temple where there are 200 plum trees. How about enjoying the beginning of spring in Kyoto by watching the Hanezu Odori and then enjoying a plum blossom viewing?