Kyoto’s Leisure Districts Start New Year

Kyoto’s leisure districts start New YearFour of the five traditional hanamachi entertainment districts in Kyoto held ceremonies to start business for the New Year on Saturday. Geiko (Kyoto’s version of geisha) and maiko apprentices pledged to develop dancing and other entertainment skills further for the year.

Tokyo Stocks Kick Off 2017 Strong With Sharp Gains

Tokyo stocks kick off 2017 strong with sharp gainsStocks made a robust start to 2017 thanks to across-the-board buying on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, adding to the festive mood created by a ceremony to mark the start of the year’s trading.

Geisha-style Greeting Dec 2016

Geisha-style greeting Dec 2016Apprentice geisha greet Yachiyo Inoue V, left -- head of the Inoue School of Kyomai, or Kyoto-style dance -- as part of the "Koto Hajime" year-end greetings ahead of preparations for the new year, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto on Dec. 13, 2016.

Joanna Lumley's Japan

Joanna Lumley's JapanJoanna’s travelogues are always insightful and joyous thanks to her charming personality, genuine enthusiasm and ability to gain off-the-beaten-track access.

Morioka Embraces New Young Talent To Keep Geisha Tradition Alive

Morioka embraces new young talent to keep geisha tradition aliveMorioka, the capital of Iwate Prefecture, is striving to preserve and revitalize the time-honored tradition of geisha entertainers for which the city was once famous.
From the late 19th century through much of the 20th century, Morioka was a hub for outstanding geigi — synonymous with geisha — drawing political and business heavyweights to the area’s high-end traditional Japanese restaurants, known as ryotei, where the geigi performed.

‘maiko’ Center Revives Akita’s Dwindling Geisha Culture

‘Maiko’ center revives Akita’s dwindling geisha cultureAkita’s fading geisha culture has made a welcome comeback with the recent opening of a center that promotes the development of “maiko” (apprentice geisha).
Located in Senshu Park, Akita Bunka Sangyo Shisetsu Matsushita is housed inside a former Japanese restaurant. The center is operated by Sen Co., a local firm whose goal is to revive the lost geisha culture in the region by training and dispatching maiko.

Fusing Geisha Culture With Skater Style

Fusing Geisha Culture With Skater StyleNottingham born, Milligan Beaumont’s distinct fusion Japanese and street style brand Milbo launched soon after her graduation from Central Saint Martins. Her graduate collection enabled her to be an internationally recognised designer in both the UK and Hong Kong.

‘artist In Hotel’ Project Scores A Hit With Foreign Tourists In Tokyo

‘Artist in Hotel’ project scores a hit with foreign tourists in TokyoFrequent travelers often complain that one hotel room blends into the next, but that’s not the scene at the Park Hotel Tokyo, thanks to its unique modern Japanese art-adorned rooms.

The walls and ceiling of one room on the 31st floor of the hotel, in the capital’s Shiodome district, are covered with a work titled "Geisha Goldfish" by Aki Narita, 49.

3 New Geiko Reinvigorate Kanazawa

3 new geiko reinvigorate KanazawaA traditional entertainment quarter in Kanazawa has been enlivened by the debuts of three geiko, more commonly known as geisha, over the past year. The geiko are working in three of the city’s historical chaya entertainment districts.

Kuniyoshi And Kunisada: When Great Minds Think A Little Differently

Kuniyoshi and Kunisada: When great minds think a little differentlyWhen Japan opened up to the Western world in the 19th century, popular artistic tastes were dominated by two great woodblock print artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864). Contemporaries, keen rivals and both members of the Utagawa School, the pair had the inventiveness and flexibility to keep abreast of changing tastes as well as the whims of the censors.