We will start out by explaining a little about what a geisha is. This is mostly from Japancheapo.com. Known as geiko in Kyoto, geisha are high-class, greatly respected entertainers, who have trained for years in traditional instruments and dance, parlor games and conversation, flower arranging and more. They attend dinners and gatherings at ryōtei (exclusive traditional restaurants) and ochaya (teahouses) and entertain guests with their skills. There are currently believed to be around one hundred fully-fledged geiko and a similar number of maiko in Kyoto today. Geiko are fully-fledged geishas and maiko are apprentices.
Sandy found a tour on Viator called Gion walking tour “Explore Gion and discover the arts of geisha” which she booked just for the two of us after everyone else had left. We have found that most tours are fully booked a few weeks to a month ahead of time.
This was such a special day for all of us. Having Kevin and his family with us increased our enjoyment of the event exponentially. Thank you so much for taking the time and spending the money to visit us for the weekend in Kyoto.
We would also like to thank Ken Sakata for his tour and the geisha experience. We would highly recommend this tour and experience to anyone visiting Kyoto. Ken’s contact information.
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