21st-Century Geishas for National Geographic

 

The geisha of the 21st Century are also still praying to the gods to become “those who dominated all the arts” because it what their name means.They still retain their strict traditions but their way of relating to the global world has changed considerably. We had been with them in the okiya where they live, during the music lessons at “their university” and we also entered into forbidden world of its customers in the teahouses. They confessed to us their dreams and their intimate secrets.

The whole world speculates about the true life of the only 850 geishas left but the only thing that is certain is that they are moving works of art who have found a way to combine secular traditions with mobile phones, to the rhythm of the shamishen.