Real Geisha Real Women (2009)–Documentary–Complete Film, English Subtitles
Real Geisha Real Women is a documentary by Peter MacIntosh about the lives of several women in Kyoto, Japan of various generations who are, or have been, maiko and geiko (the Kyoto terms for geisha).
Their stories are told in their own words as a series of vignettes without the use of a narrator. Rare footage of their journeys outside of Kyoto includes a hometown visit, a trip to Tokyo, as well as travels abroad.
Peter Macintosh has lived in Kyoto, Japan among the geisha community for nearly a quarter century. He has worked as a liaison and coordinator on geisha-related documentaries, including productions for BBC, BNN, Swiss Television, National Geographic, A&E, and many more. He also worked with the location scouting team for Hollywood's Memoirs of a Geisha.
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Real Geisha Real Women (2009)
Directed by Peter MacIntosh.
Director of Photography and Edited by John Wells
The Life of a Modern Japanese Geisha
The geisha are alive and well in Japan – though foreigners rarely catch even a glimpse of them. Meet Kobai-san, a 63-year-old geisha, and discover the truth about the mysterious Willow World...
• Why do young girls become geisha nowadays?
• How do you hire a geisha?
• How can you tell a geisha from a maiko (apprentice geisha)?
A few things you probably didn’t know about the geisha
• They are NOT prostitutes. They are hired for their artistic skills and considerable social graces.
• Geisha live in communities of women and are entirely independent of men (though they may have boyfriends).
• Geisha can be in their 70s – they often earn more as they get older.
• Apprentice geisha are far more elaborately dressed than fully-fledged geisha.
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TOKYO EYE 2020 History of Geisha in Asakusa
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I made it because I like maiko. Please look.
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Dans l'Intimité d'un Ghesha/The Private Life of a Geisha (1921)
Une geisha est réveillée, se lève, est quittée par son partenaire du nuit, se lave, met son kimono et part pour se promener. Un film où le mot « charme » a deux sens, tourné à l’origine pour une édition de Pathé-Gazette qui parut dans les cinémas en 1921, et présenté ici dans la version Pathé Baby vendue pour le système 9.5mm. / A geisha is woken, gets up, is left by her partner of the night, washes, puts on her kimono and goes for a walk. An attractive vision is created, which just avoids voyeurism. The footage was first shown in cinemas in a 1921 edition of Pathé Gazette, then turned into this 9.5 mm film to be shown at home.
Meeting REAL Japanese GEISHA in Kyoto
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This is definitely something that I'm proud to tick off my bucket list! Geisha is a Japanese female entertainer studying ancient arts and traditions. There are only a few Geisha left in the world and we were lucky enough to have a chance to play games and sing songs with Kyoto's Maiko and Geiko.
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Inside the Secret Life of a Geisha
This is a rather interesting story of a beautiful girl who is a geisha. You may learn a little something.
National Geographic Channel discovers Kyoto and Izu with World Expeditions
Walk along Japan's old forest trails, past rice paddies and bamboo groves, cycle and paddle the Izu Peninsula coastline, see geishas in the streets of the old Gion district of Kyoto, visit World Heritage shrines and temples, soak in natural hot springs, sample fresh local foods and experience legendary hospitality and the subtlety of Japanese culture.
In search of sake: Kyoto
Henrietta Lovell runs the Rare Tea Company but her secret obsession is sake. On a tour of Japan wine expert Rie Yoshitake introduces her to three brewers in three different cities who explain the ancient art of sake making and the culture from which it flows. In the first of our three part series, they visit Kyoto, the old imperial capital of Japan
Japan The Way of Zen : Zen Buddhism Documentary
Pierre Brouwers has travelled the length and breadth of Honshu – the largest of the islands forming Japan – to provide an in-depth discovery of the “land of the rising sun”. Cities like Kyoto and Hiroshima are fascinating for their history. Everywhere, traditions are very carefully preserved, especially when it comes to festivals. But these days robots have largely replaced workers on car assembly lines and the younger generations lap up the innovations of the 21st century. The population, one of the world’s most dense, finds its balance in the words wisdom and harmony. Not forgetting the word that is the key to it all, Zen.
KYOTO. Golden Pavilion, temples and palaces. Tea ceremony. The Jidai Matsuri Festival. Kyudo and archers. The station. TAKAYAMA: the autumn festival. Chayano Tuff. Kamikochi Park. Ogimatchi. KANAZAWA: painting on lacquer. The districts of geishas and samurais. The 21st century museum. Chihirama Beach. HIROSHIMA. The A-bomb dome. The Museum for Peace. The sacred island of Miyajima. Shipyards. Car plant. KOYA: temples, monks and cemetery. NAOSHIMA. Shinkansen. Air photography.
Is Geisha a Profession or Prostitution? in 1 minute - JapaNEWS #31 (#1 of 4 Geisha series)
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Geisha Hunting in Kyoto
Scenes from a walk through the Gion Hanamachi in Kyoto
Geishas are Japan's most famous entertainers. They are a unique cultural assets no visitor to Japan should miss - if you can catch them. These days there are only a handful of these highly specialized entertainers left. The Gion quarter in Kyoto is your best bet.
This is a short video from my visit in October 2013.
If you like to know more about finding real Geishas in Kyoto check out the link above.
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Kyoto Temples, Shrines & Gardens, Japan in 4K Ultra HD
Kyoto has been capital of Japan for more than thousand years (794-1869), and its Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and classical gardens have become symbol of the Japanese cultural tradition, art & architecture.
Seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto are on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over. (whc.unesco.org/en/list/688/)
Locations in the video: Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) (0:01), Ginkaku-ji (0:56), Eikan-do (2:00), Nanzen-ji (2:42), Nijo Castle (3:31), Chion-in (4:35), Heian-jingu (5:02), Kamigamo-jinja (5:43), Ryoan-ji (6:20), Ninna-ji (6:53), Myoshin-ji (7:41), To-ji (8:10), Nishi Hongwan-ji (8:43), Higashi Hongan-ji (9:24), Sanjusangen-do (10:19), Tenryu-ji & Sogenchi garden (11:06), Koryu-ji (11:56), Kyoto Imperial Palace (12:26), Shimogamo-jinja (13:19), Tofuku-ji (14:01), Fushimi Inari-taisha (15:19), Biyodo-in (16:52), Yasaka-jinja (17:05), Eastern Gyon (17:40), Kiyomizu-dera (18:35).
Recorded May 2019 in 4K Ultra HD with Sony AX700 and DJI Osmo Pocket.
PeriTune (Sei Mutsuki) - Hanagoyomi, Oboro, Otogi2
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Shibuya's Hachiko Scramble in 24 Hours ★ ONLY in JAPAN
Shibuya is Tokyo's glitziest area and Hachiko Scramble / intersection is the world's busiest crossing. No wonder it amazes visitors who come to Tokyo! It's often featured in movies that take place in Tokyo, such as Lost in Translation, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Resident Evil: Afterlife and Retribution, as well as news broadcasts around the world.
Most people spend only a few minutes here, but in this episode, we're going to take you through a 24 hour cycle. We'll go a little deeper into what goes on here.
There are some time lapse scenes mixed in so you can see it in motion from day to night.
This show has been created and produced by John Daub. He's been living and working in Japan for over 15 years and regularly reports on a TV Show for Japan's International Channel.
Winter Comes To The Geisha
Walk around Yoshiwara of Tokyo in Japan.
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What to Do in Kyoto: Learn Some Manners from a Geisha
Need some inspiration on what to do in Kyoto? Grab dinner at Gion Kyo Cuisine Hanasaki Nishiki Restaurant and get ready to be blown away by spectacular Kyoto cuisine, seasonal ingredients and the most elegant of geishas.
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