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Niigata Company Keeps Local “Geigi” Culture Alive (News)

Niigata, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Niigata-based Ryūto Shinkō, the first Japanese company to train and dispatch geigi traditional female entertainers to event venues, has marked the thirtieth year since its establishment. Geigi, also known as geisha or geiko, working for the company perform dances and play music at party halls in the city almost every day. Geigi affiliated with Niigata's Ryūto S…


Geisha have been a Japanese icon around the world for over a century. Skilled in traditional arts, the female entertainers continue to perform in Kyoto, Tokyo, and other regional centers.

“Ukiyo-e” Artwork Is a Window to Life in the Edo PeriodHosoda Haruko

In Edo (present-day Tokyo) from around the latter half of the seventeenth century, indulging in the pleasures of the city’s “licensed quarters” was one source of entertainment for men, but the cost of hiring the services of a top-class lady was far too exorbitant for the common man to afford. Female residents of the city, for their part, were interested in the theater, but attending a show—altho…

The Timeless Charms of Aizu: Mukaitaki Ryokan, Higashiyama Hot Springs

For many years, Aizuwakamatsu was one of the most popular tourist spots in Fukushima Prefecture. Although the number of visitors has dropped since the earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011, one long-established ryokan (inn) has managed to weather the storm, and has actually seen an increase in business. Here we introduce the timeless appeal of this special part of the world.

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