geisha

Drink with a Japanese geisha at an online drinking party

Now you don’t even have to be in Japan to spend time with a geisha. 

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Ninja and geisha green tea cats are here to keep you company during your at-home tea time

A spot of traditional culture to go with your spot of tea.

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Japanese manners videos show how to be a “really cool” traveller in Japan 【Videos】

Japan Tourism Agency uses ninja, sumo and geisha to demonstrate what to do and what not to do in Japan.

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Kyoto’s popular tourist spot Gion to forbid photos on private roads, 10,000 yen fine to violators

Trespassing of both property and people have led to this development.

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Beautiful line of Kimono Pouches let you add traditional Japanese style to any outfit

Authentic materials recreate the fashions of apprentice geisha, oiran courtesans, and even bridal kimono.

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Hanao Shoes: Dress like a modern-day geisha with new line of geta sneakers from Kyoto

A more comfortable way to enjoy the festival season while out and about in your yukata summer kimono.

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Kyoto hotel’s Maiko-han Bar event lets travelers drink with geisha at amazingly affordable prices

Foreign guests welcome at lobby lounge function that sidesteps the cost and pretense of orthodox geisha services.
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Japanese Tumblr user drops hammer on debate of if Caucasian girl’s Japan-themed party was racist

“The only people who think culture shouldn’t be shared are racists like you.”

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Mythbuster’s Adam Savage explores Ghost in the Shell’s coolest practical effects【Video】

The Hollywood Ghost in the Shell turned to master prop makers from Weta Workshop to achieve their detailed practical looks.

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Japanese Twitter seems to have no problems with Karlie Kloss’ “geisha” photo shoot

With the controversy over the model’s Vogue photos ongoing, has anyone bothered to check on how Japan feels?

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Mars Japan releases first-ever Japanese-themed M&Ms with princess and samurai characters

The all-new Japanese-exclusive packages include limited-edition coloured chocolates that capture the spirit of Japan.

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10 things you didn’t know about geisha

We’ve talked before about geisha as one of Japan’s distinctly female professions, so this time we’re going to share with you a few fun facts about the geisha and their floating world.

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Adidas collaborates with singer Rita Ora to create geisha-inspired collection

The range even includes a couple of sporty kimono.

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Kabuki and geisha cats appear as cute purses based on famous Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints

Edo-period artwork gets the cute cat treatment in Japan.

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New Pokémon Center to open in Kyoto with exclusive goods featuring adorable Maiko Pikachu

In Kyoto, Pikachu wears a kimono with a Ho-Oh design and a Vivillion-adorned hair accessory.

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Our male reporter transforms into a beautiful Japanese courtesan at Tokyo photo studio

If you want to become a geisha, maiko, samurai or courtesan, gender is no barrier at this Asakusa photo studio.

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Hardcore dancing geisha show the world how to be elegant and badass at the same time【Video】

Sophistication and sass are not mutually exclusive.

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Asakusa photo studio transforms visitors into courtesans, geisha and samurai

If you’ve ever wanted to turn back time and step into the clothes of a well-dressed geisha, a pipe-smoking courtesan or a sword-wielding samurai warrior, we’ve found the perfect place for you!

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The quintessential Kyoto experience: becoming a maiko for the day! 【Pics & video】

They say that it’s rare to see a real maiko walking the streets of Kyoto, since these artists usually work at night and live in their own secluded world, far from the rest of Japanese society. In fact, if you spot a maiko strolling around Gion during the day, there’s a good chance she’s a tourist who’s undergone a fabulously elaborate makeover.

We took our Japan Wish competition winner Ashley to a studio in Kyoto’s Gion neighborhood to have a maiko-over and be transformed in an amazing process that yielded completely stunning results. Ashley was able to choose her own kimono and obi sash, and as part of the deal she was treated to a professional photography session and the opportunity to take a stroll around the streets of Gion in full maiko garb!

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Maiko beauty secrets: Skincare tips from Japan’s apprentice geisha

Just as with full-fledged geisha, it’s customary for maiko, as geisha apprentices are known, to wear a layer of white face powder, called oshiroi. But those who’ve seen one of Japan’s traditional entertainers close up often marvel at their smooth, healthy skin, remarking that they would be just as beautiful with all of those cosmetic coverings washed away.

But in much the same way that their polished speech and refined mannerisms are the result of years of training, maiko also have a careful routine they follow to keep their skin looking as delicate and pleasing to the eye as it does.

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