'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

/ Sep 17, 2014

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

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The musical used to be among the rarest of Japanese film genres. Plenty of films here — going back to the early talkies — featured singing and dancing, but Broadway-style musicals, which integrate the songs into the story, never really caught on. Is a revival ...

Kyoto's geisha: Behind the sliding door

Jul 25, 2008

Kyoto's geisha: Behind the sliding door

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A waitress took our drink orders and we waited, my anticipation building by the moment. Suddenly the door slid open and there knelt Ms. Ichimame, our maiko entertainer for the evening. She bowed deeply and introduced herself, smiling slightly.