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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