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Tohoku Secluded Hot Springs: Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen

Away from modern life   Quality hot spring are scattered throughout the mountainous Aomori Prefecture, but for the most authentic experience, head over to Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen. The writer of this article has been...

About Girl’s Day And Hina Dolls

Here in Japan, we are about to celebrate the girl’s day known as Hina-Matsuri on March 3rd. Families with daughters usually display decorative “Hina” dolls in their homes as a way of wishing for...

Nishimura with Collectif Prémices “Landscape”

Nishimura with Collectif Prémices This simple yet exquisite leather collection is the product of collaboration between French design team, COLLECTIF PRĒMICES, and the traditional techniques of yuzen-chokoku, a pattern paper carving technique used in the...

First Brush With Geisha Culture

Before I became a geisha I was lecturing in Japanese Studies at university and making anthropological documentaries for broadcasters like National Geographic Channel or Channel 4 (UK), or writing. After I became a geisha, and...

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...