Geisha establishments begin wooing women

Apr 9, 2013

Geisha establishments begin wooing women

by Hiroshi Inoue

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

by Tomohiro Osaki

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

by Victoria James

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 ...