Who is Sayuki?

Want to book a geisha? Find out how here. For the first time in the 400-year history of the geisha, a Westerner has been accepted, and she made her debut as a geisha under the name Sayuki on December 19, 2007. Sayuki is specialized in social anthropology, a subject which requires anthropologists to actually experience the subject they are studying by participating in the society themselves. Sayuki started in Asakusa with anthropological fieldwork in mind. But after the first year she asked for, and received, permission […]

How to call a geisha

How to call a geisha Geisha are not only on Kyoto but in Tokyo too. Previously in the flower and willow world it was necessary to have an introduction or one couldn’t get into a tea-house. Now you can book from your hotel and Sayuki will make the arrangements for you. Sayuki can work in Kyoto too with Kyoto geisha, or she can arrange for a Chinese-speaking geisha. There are basically two ways to call geisha: 1. Call a geisha out from Fukagawa You can call […]

What is a geisha?

Geisha are traditional entertainers of Japanese arts and music specializing in Japanese dance, singing, and a variety of instruments including hand drum, shoulder drum, shamisen or Japanese flute. They train throughout their lives, are very highly skilled, and some of the older geisha are even “living national treasures”, the highest status of artist in Japan. Geisha under the age of 20 or so are called maiko in southern Japan, and hangyoku in northern Japan. After a year of preparation, new geisha debut either as hangyoku or […]

Banquet

Relax and be entertained at a geisha banquet in Tokyo Experience a unique Geisha experience right here in Tokyo! Be entertained by Geisha while you enjoy a meal in a traditional tea house. At least one of the geisha is fluent in English so all of your questions can be easily answered. Highlights A traditional dance performance by the geisha and music performed with a range of different instruments A chance to really learn about the geisha world Dinner in a traditional tea house in Tokyo […]
Sayuki Geisha Ph © Roberto Martino for #AGeishaDay Festival
Sayuki from Asakusa, the first Western Geisha – JustBaked interview
2019.02.21
Lets  make some questions to Sayuki, the very first western geisha in the world. Let’s discover her amazing and magic life. You debuted as a geisha in 2007 (in the Asakusa district) under the name of Sayuki. Can you please tell us when you decided to become a geisha and why? I got my doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and then commenced lecturing in Japanese Studies and directing and working on television programs for broadcasters like BBC, NHK, National Geographic Channel etc. I proposed […]
Spring 2019: Europe
2019.02.25
🇯🇵 GEISHAS COMING IN EUROPE 👘🍵 Dear Network and friends of the Fukagawa Geishas, We would like to share with you news about our next trip to Europe ! Four geishas will be visiting Europe from Fukagawa, the oldest geisha district in Japan and the origin where female geisha began. One of them is Sayuki, the first white woman to become a geisha. ——– After our successful trip to Italy last year, we are invited this spring in Prague in the 1st week of April and Bellinzona, Switzerland […]
Spring 2019: Europe
2019.02.25
🇯🇵 GEISHAS COMING IN EUROPE 👘🍵 Dear Network and friends of the Fukagawa Geishas, We would like to share with you news about our next trip to Europe ! Four geishas will be visiting Europe from Fukagawa, the oldest geisha district in Japan and the origin where female geisha began. One of them is Sayuki, the first white woman to become a geisha. ——– After our successful trip to Italy last year, we are invited this spring in Prague in the 1st week of April and Bellinzona, Switzerland […]