Geisha taps Sapporo businesses to keep tradition alive

Apr 3, 2017

Geisha taps Sapporo businesses to keep tradition alive

Sapporo's Susukino entertainment district used to host one of the nation's biggest red-light districts with more than 300 geisha in the 1950s. But with the burst of the bubble economy in the late 1980s dealing a heavy blow to the local economy, the number has ...

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 group ...

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 made ...