Stories about people, stories about life. Hometown Stories offer intimate portraits of people from around Japan, each of whom are leading diverse lives while enriching the experiences of others. This episode features geiko in Nara, the ancient capital located in Western Japan. Geiko, as geisha are called in the Kansai region including Nara, are the women who entertain customers by performing traditional songs, dance and three-stringed musical instrument, shamisen. We take a glimpse of the life of a geiko in Nara, Kikuno, who is striving to keep the tradition alive into future generations. (This program was broadcast on July 7, 2020.)
Kikuno has been working as a geiko in Nara.
Kikuno (left) trains young apprentices to pass on the skills she has learned from her seniors.
Kikuno (center) performing on stage with her apprentices.