The sure sign that spring is on its way in Japan is the blooming of the plum blossoms. Each February the beautiful pink, purple and white flowers start to appear. On every February 25, Kitano Tenmangu hosts a special tea ceremony called Baikasai, under 2,000 plum blossom trees. The ceremony is performed by maiko and geiko of the nearby Kamishichiken geisha district.
This year CHIC hosted a day trip to the temple and tea ceremony. There were thousands of people there so we had to wait in line for almost an hour for our turn to attend the Baikasai. The wait was well worth it, as when do you ever get a chance to be served by real maikos and geikos? What an amazing experience.
You can see more pictures here.