Geisha establishments begin wooing women

Apr 9, 2013

Geisha establishments begin wooing women

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Faced with flagging demand from their usual customer base of wealthy male patrons, a number of establishments employing traditional geisha entertainers are enthusiastically courting interest in their services from women. Last summer, Hamacho, a “ryotei” (traditional high-class restaurant) in Kochi, began offering a women-only ...

Rare chance to see Tokyo geisha

Mar 1, 2013

Rare chance to see Tokyo geisha

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Being a talented conversationalist is a vital part of the skill set of any accomplished hostess. The same goes for top-class geisha. Veteran geisha Ikuko, for example, recalls scouring newspapers avidly for potential conversation topics, dining with her apprentices every morning, and even frequenting ...

Jul 1, 2012

Lesley Downer: Love, war and geisha

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Lesley Downer’s seven books range widely in genre and subject. Here she reflects on their inspiration and her experiences writing them. “On the Narrow Road to the Deep North: Journey into a Lost Japan” (1989): Downer’s first book, a travelogue, recounts a journey she ...

Sayuki: Aussie geisha speaks out

Jun 29, 2008

Sayuki: Aussie geisha speaks out

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What a titillating sound bite it is: Japan’s first gaijin (foreigner) geisha! Who wouldn’t want to hear the experiences of a white girl who lived a life that we Westerners have only known through the clouded lens of romantic Orientalism, or “Memoirs of a ...