61. Beer Garden
When I was a Maiko (舞妓), a beer garden was held on the roof terrace of Kaburenjo (歌舞練場, Maiko theater) every summer. An old Chinese restaurant set a stall there, and we performed a dance by turns on a small stage. We wore Yukata (浴衣, summer cotton Kimono) and danced for several songs. When I was not performing, I was often invited by acquainted customers to their tables.
As for the dancing, I vividly remember that I used to get somewhat nervous, becuase the songs were not the usual ones but the new ones about seasons in Kyoto.
I enjoyed the occasion a lot because it was a kind of unusual experience. I was busy to say hi to many customers from table to table. If I was lucky, I was able to see my favorite Oneisan (お姉さん, elder Geiko) who was already retired.
Fun conversations were everywhere.
Customer: Maiko in Yukata is nice. It gives you a cool look.
Maiko: Is that so? Am I not cool usually?
Customer: What is not cool is the way you talk. Can you speak more elegantly?
Maiko: You are mean～, please don't tease me!
On the next table,
Maiko: Thank you for coming.
Customer: Oh, you are performing tonight! What song are you going to dance?
Maiko: Thank you, I am going to dance "Lightning bugs in summer".
Customer: Alright! Please blow this humidity away by your cool performance.
Maiko: I'll try my best.
Customer: Oh no! Don't try your best. Good dancers are supposed to be nonchalant.
Maiko: You are so right...
Because of the weather, beer was explosively consumed. Everybody looked happy and tipsy!
Thank you so much.
Talk to you later.