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Furumachi Geigi: The Geisha of Niigata

Update:2016.07.08

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Culture, tradition

The Furumachi district of Niigata is considered one of the three most prestigious areas in Japan for geisha, along with Gion in Kyoto and Shinbashi in Tokyo. Boasting a tradition of 200 years, the Furumachi geigi represent the culture of Niigata as a port town.

 

 The tradition of Furumachi geigi was born in the Edo period, when Niigata was bustling as the most frequented port on the Sea of Japan coast. Since Niigata was, and still is, Japan’s top rice producer, it was a stop on the Kitamaebune shipping route. The Furumachi geigi helped welcome the visitors, and it is said that at their peak, there were over 300 geigi flourishing in all of their glamour.

 Even now, they continue their spirit of hospitality and numerous traditional arts, charming many of the visitors to the city. Now they not only entertain at traditional, upscale Japanese restaurants, but also are engaged in a wide variety of activities, such as performing dances at event ceremonies.

 

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