A Geisha in Nara: Bridging Past and Future
Kikuno has devoted herself to the life of a geisha since the age of 15. She lives in Nara Prefecture's entertainment district, once home to more than 200 geisha performers. The district has steadily declined, and a decade ago Kikuno became Nara's last remaining geisha. Now 45, she is working to keep 150 years of tradition alive by adapting to the times. She has turned her geisha house into a company and began paying the entertainers a salary. In the summer of 2018, she faced her next challenge: preparing a young geisha and an apprentice for a major performance.