On January fourth, the formal ceremony called Shigyo-Shiki, or official ceremony for the start of the year, took place in the Kamishichiken geisha district. 

For this ceremony, all the local maiko and geiko dress up and gather at the large Kaburenjo or theater. During this ceremony, which is private, the best houses and maiko/geiko receive awards, repeat their wishes and commitment to do their best for their customer’s satisfaction and enjoyment.