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Private Geisha Tea House Experience
The Geisha are one of the most interesting facets of Japanese culture, and often most misunderstood. You will join an acclaimed expert in Geisha culture to explore the streets of Kyoto before meeting a Geisha for drinks and entertainment.
This evening, you will be joined by Peter MacIntosh, an expert in Geisha culture and lecturer on Geisha studies at Kansai University, who will meet you at your hotel.
You will make your way on public transport to one of the Geisha districts of Kyoto, which came to prominence in the early 19th century. These small lanes and back streets are the domain of the Geisha and where they can very occasionally be seen briskly walking between appointments.
Peter will let you in on the history and secrets of Kyoto’s association with Geisha culture before you are invited into a private, members-only Ochaya (Geisha teahouse). Here you will meet a Geisha (or apprentice Maiko) who will discuss her roles and answer any questions you have.
The Geisha will then entertain you with dancing, music and games while you are served snacks and drinks during the performance. After the show, Peter can then assist with organising a taxi back to your hotel.
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