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Coming Of Age Day

In Japan, one is considered an adult at the age of 20 and a national holiday - called Coming of Age Day (成年の日, seinen no hi) - is designated on the second Monday of...

About Geisha Districts

Every tourist equates Japan with geisha. But most are hazy about where geisha actually are. They might know Kyoto has geisha, but many don’t know that Tokyo does too. Actually there are probably 30 or...

Geisha life – Funds and Games

Two months ago I wrote about my new trainee Sae (find this article here). She has proven to be hard working and reliable. She wakes up early to clean the geisha house and to...

THE YARD @ Shibuya Modi

Shibuya’s newest shopping spot – is full of new innovative shops. One of these, is THE YARD, which brings a new fashion concept for kimono in the hope that Japanese traditional clothing will be worn...

All About Geisha Banquets

Life as a geisha is often busy with organizing events, and as usual, this week I am busy with organizing banquets for the week ahead. Banquets are the main thing that geisha do, but...

Life inside the Flower and Willow World

Becoming a geisha In my geisha house I will be taking a new hangyoku (maiko) trainee in this month. What kind of girls become geisha trainees in this day and age? Usually they are girls...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Kumano Pilgrimage Route

The World's Most Picturesque Pilgrimage If you take just one pilgrimage - or perhaps just a long hike - in your life, you won't find a more scenic one than here. Though a slight trek off the...

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum: Ramen in Showa fashion

A delightful "time slurp" Contrary to its naming, Shinyokohama Raumen Museum is more a theme park than a museum. But fear not, by theme park I don't mean crazy, looping roller coasters, pendulum rides, drop towers...

Hie Shrine, Japan’s Most Urban Power Spot

A sacred shrine you reach by escalator Presiding over a steep slope in the middle of Tokyo, the Hie Shrine is probably Japan's most urban shrine. Located in Nagatacho of the Chiyoda Ward,  the shrine is surrounded by a...

Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

Owara Kaze no Bon: Enchanting evening wind festival For a dreamlike festival under the darkness of night, the Owara Kaze no Bon will take you on a time slip to Toyama's traditional past. Unlike many upbeat and...