Monday, November 3, 2008

Geisha Questions

I am collecting questions about and for geisha from geisha fans.

If you have a question you are curious about or if you have a question you would like to ask a geisha please leave it in the comments!

Every effort will be made to answer your question(s).

Please feel free to pass this around, the more questions the better!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Singapore TV Show Shooting

Last week Peter was involved with shooting a television show for Singapore TV, about Japanese dance.

The host of the show, Belinda, studied the kind of dance that maiko and geiko study, with the help of a dance teacher and Miehina.

We do not have information of the name of the TV show or when it will be screened yet, but we will try to update when we know. I hope anyone in Singapore will enjoy it!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tengukai with Taikomochi

Peter belongs to a gourmet group called the "Tengukai" which is a group of Japanese professionals who are all accomplished in the arts or specialists of Japanese culture who enjoy good food and drink. Every month or so they get together, perform their various arts for each other, as well as hire maiko, geiko etc....

On May 31st they invited a "taikomochi" or "hokan" (male geisha) from the Asakusa district in Tokyo to join the festivities. Sakuragawa Shichiko is one of four remaining taikomochi in Tokyo. Here are a few pictures of the group and then evening.

Impersonating a courtesan and name sticker.

Shichiko-san having a laugh with Tengukai members.

Shichiko-san with Peter and Tengukai members.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Tokyo Azuma Odori

The Azuma Odori has been held in the Shimbashi Embujo Theater since 1923. It is one of the public's only chances to see the geisha of Shimbashi, Tokyo in action. This is an event that happens anually, usually at the end of May, and is usually attended by geisha representing all the districts in Tokyo, and many made the trip from Kyoto, including the top names from Gion Kobu and Miyagawa-cho. Peter was asked by a Kamishichiken tea house owner to take her to see the dances last Sautrday, so they went for the day. Because photos were prohibited, we're posting the cover of the pamphlet and some pictures inside that were taken but another photographer (these are not Peter's photos).

The cover.

Geisha performing a dance called "Ume no Sakae" (The Prosperity of Plum Blossoms)

Geisha performing in the roles of Oiran (highest class of Tokyo cortesan) and Shinzo (apprentices to the Oiran).

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Busy April

April is the busiest tourist season of the year in Japan, not just for international visitors, but for domestic travellers. I've been working all kinds of crazy hours this month, so I'm sorry for not updating much!

Today I am posting pictures of some of the maiko who entertained at my company's parties this month. If you are interested in having a private geiko or maiko party with me interpreting, please visit the VIP Services section of my Hanagumo website for details.

Tsuruha, the first maiko from Okinawa, who now works in the Gion Kobu district.

Kimiyuu - Portrait
Kimiyuu from the Miyagawa-cho district.

More photos are on my Flickr Photo Page.

Friday, April 11, 2008


As you may have seen in our video about Yasuha's Erikae, on special occasions there are posters put outside houses. These posters are called "mokuroku", and are for wishing a maiko/geiko luck on misedashi (debut as a maiko) and erikae (graduation to a geiko).

Here is a detailed look and explanation of the one Peter commissioned for Yasuha:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Miyako Odori 2008 Video

Here is a video "trailer" for this year's Miyako Odori. We filmed it at the dress rehearsal.

I hope that if you come to Kyoto this April you will get to see the dances!