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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

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Beautiful Kyoto: Being a Maiko (featuring Fukunae-san)

Though a lot of what goes on in Kyoto's geisha districts takes place in private teahouses and behind gilded screens, it's no secret that maiko (geisha apprentices) lead strict and challenging lifestyles in the pursuit of their art.

Last year the Kyoto Fan (Discover Kyoto) team had the privilege of interviewing one of Miyagawa-chō's hard working maiko, Fukunae-san, to see what kind of training and preparation she goes through in order to one day become a top class geisha (or geiko, as they are called in Kyoto). Follow along as Fukunae-san takes us through an average day in her life, including music study, hair and make-up, dressing, and entertaining in the evenings. We hope you too will one day have a chance to experience this amazing Kyoto tradition.

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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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Can Black Girls Become Maikos(Geishas)? | Flight Attendant Life | Maiko Experience Kyoto

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Alexis and I got to visit the Maiko Makeup Experience in Kyoto, Japan. We were able to put on traditional Japanese Maiko Makeup, wear kimonos, learn about Maiko (because I had no idea what that was before this) and take some lovely pictures. A bit nervous because we weren't sure how the makeup look would turn out on us, but we really actually enjoyed it and I encourage men and women who are going to Kyoto to try it!! #MaikoExperience
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Meeting REAL Japanese GEISHA in Kyoto

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Is Geisha a Profession or Prostitution? in 1 minute - JapaNEWS #31 (#1 of 4 Geisha series)

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Winter Comes To The Geisha

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. -

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A journey into a lost Japan, travel documentary featuring Lesley Downer about rural Japan.

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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.

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Smokeez by the sea ( - Our first stop for the day was in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at a laid back chill out spot called Smokeez by the sea. While we were there, a fisherman came in with his fresh catch including barracuda. So along with the pepper janga (crayfish) and some jerk octopus, we also got a taste of ultra fresh escovitch barracuda. Amazing place, great hospitality.

Far Out Fish Hut - North Coast, Jamaica - Next up we started driving down the North Coast of Jamaica, and made a quick stop at Far Out Fish Hut to eat a simple dish of fish tea. It was mainly fish bones and a few spices boiled until comforting and delicious. It’s the way to get started on a Jamaican seafood feast.

Rock Wharf Luminous Lagoon ( - But our main goal for the way was to get the seafood, fish, lobsters which Matt brought, and the Caribbean king crab we bought, with us to the beautiful Rock Wharf in Falmouth, Jamaica.

They cooked an amazing array of Jamaican food for us, including Escovitch fish, Jamaican Steamed Fish, Bammy, mahi mahi in an amazing marinade, and finally King crab rundown! What a dish and what an outstanding place.

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Carnets du Japon : Geishas, Samouraïs Et Lolitas

Naraijuku - Japan’s Oldest Village

Naraijuku is one of the 11th villages that was on the Nakasendo, one of the main routes that linked Edo (the old name of Tokyo) and Kyoto during the Edo era (1603-1868).
It was an inn village where people would rest hence its name Narai-juku (Juku means in).

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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.

Interview with Maiko and Geisha at Kifune Shrine, Kyoto

Apprentice Geisha, Maiko, and a Geisha
are interviewed after a rare dance performance
at Kifune Shrine, near Kyoto.

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Japan and the mystery of the Geisha

Japan: land of technology, light, pulsating energy.
The nation's race towards the future never stops. This country's technology is one of the most advanced in the world, its architecture one of the most envied, and its communication the most enterprising.
One might imagine that microchips, nanotechnolgy, robots, and ultra dynamic, anti-seismic architecture have cancelled out its centuries-old history, its beliefs and traditions. But it has not.
This is a world caught up in the frenetic quest for the new, but also deliberately connected to its past. Made up of people who love their history and want to hand it down and protect it from the encroaching future
This ever-changing, mutating world still finds space for the geisha, those enigmatic custodians of beauty with their alabaster skin and red lips, who still follow the ancient codes of Japanese tradition.
In the West, the geisha is generally seen as little more than a high-class prostitute. This is a misunderstanding. She is the incarnation of one of the many souls of Japan. She is a sophisticated woman, who loves her clients -- without making love to them. For an entire night, she will help them escape their high-tech reality and everyday life, their very existence.
For the very first time, the cameras are allowed into this realm of flowers and weeping willows, where the ancient, enigmatic and fascinating game of the geisha still goes on.

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.

Kyoto and Izu, Japan: National Geographic Adventure | 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.
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Hanging With Geisha! [Idabashi Tokyo Japan]

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Today my tour guide friend Nami introduced me to an area of Tokyo which is filled with traditional Japanese restaurants, shops and cafes! If you like traditional Japanese art, clothing, fashion, foods, crafts or souvenirs than Idabashi is the place to go!
Also a very beautiful and expensive area of Tokyo the buildings, houses, shops and temples are beautiful as well!

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