Tagged with Geisha

A night in Gion

A night in Gion


No trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to Gion, arguably Japan’s most famous geisha district. Gion is best visited in the evening when the lanterns hanging outside the restaurants and ochaya (teahouses) are lit up – and if you’re lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of a geisha or maiko, geisha apprentices. … Continue reading

Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha

Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha


I’m surprised I hadn’t read Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha years ago but, as they say, ‘better late than never’. This book accompanied me on the Shinkansen as we were whizzing around Japan and it was very atmospheric, so I was obviously going to have to review it eventually. Memoirs of a Geisha is a … Continue reading

Back from Hyper Japan 2013!


Geisha, shamisen, cosplay, video games – HYPER JAPAN had them all and more this year and it was the best one to date! HYPER JAPAN is a three-day exhibition of Japanese culture in London, encompassing both the traditional and modern. I kept hearing the phrase “the only UK event that truly reflects today’s Japan” used to … Continue reading

WIN! Memoirs of a Geisha


Last week I promised on my Facebook page that if I reached 100 ‘likes’, I would run a giveaway. Within an hour my numbers jumped from 98 to 105 (not HUGE numbers but I’m still happy), so here’s your giveaway. One lucky person will get their hands on the blog’s book of the month, Memoirs … Continue reading

Britain’s Got Talent? : ‘Geisha’


I have a guilty confession to make. I’ve been watching Britain’s Got Talent. Usually, I avoid anything that has ‘reality TV’ written all over it and scowl when it clogs up my news feed on Twitter. However, due to a mixture of moving house and new habit of watching TV most evenings after work, I … Continue reading