Geisha are one of the most powerful symbols of Japan, full of beauty, grace, and mystery. It’s almost as mysterious to native Japanese as it is to foreigners and catching a glimpse of a Geisha is quite exciting no matter who you are. We chatted with Sayuki , who was born in Melbourne, about how she became the first Caucasian geisha! She first went to Japan at the age of 15 on a private exchange. “ I was accepted to a three month exchange program between city children and remote areas in Australia. When I saw there was an exchange to Japan that was longer and even more different an […]
Sayuki wants to revive the Fukagawa Geisha district. You can find more information about the district and its geisha history on the following website and you can support Sayuki’s trainee geisha on Patreon. fukagawageisha.com Patreon
A geisha banquet is one of the most traditional experience you could have in Japan. Geisha are called out to tea-houses or to events, functions and parties, to entertain. This kind of tradition of private entertainment was very common in the West too in previous centuries. Bach or Mozart would have been called out to play at the parties of lords and the nobility. In the West, this former tradition of private entertainment has largely evolved into large-scale public entertainment like ballet, or opera. In Japan, geisha also perform at large public events and annual dances, but the former tradition of small-scale private entertainment, where customers have a private meal […]
Sayuki will visit Russia in May 2016 and welcomes invitations to give a speech and to perform geisha banquets (other Geishas can come if invited).