“I can’t imagine living as someone’s wife.”

A Tale of Love and Honor: Life in Gion

  • Go behind the closed doors where Kyoto geiko entertain their customers
  • The story of a 200-year-old teahouse and the women who devoted their lives to it
  • Awards winning - New York Festival 2018 and other

Within Japan, there’s a place that’s like another world: Gion, in Kyoto. When night falls in this historic district, nearly 100 geiko, or traditional entertainers, make their way to teahouses to perform classical arts, such as music and dance, for carefully selected guests. Kimi Ota, 77, is proprietress of a 200-year-old teahouse. Throughout its history, it has always been run by a woman. Peer behind the curtain into the unique and alluring world of Kyoto’s teahouses.

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