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Butterflies of the Night: Mama-Sans, Geisha, Strippers, and the Japanese Men They Serve
by Lisa Louis


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The following images and video links are the copyright of the respective website owners. ImmortalGeisha.com claims no ownership of the content within the following links. If you wish to use any of these videos for commercial purposes, you will need to contact the owner of the video - not ImmortalGeisha.

Getty Images - Vintage Geisha Clip new!
Taking us completely back in time to a different era, Getty Images contains this quaint video clip dating back to 1898 of three geiko and two maiko. Watching this is almost like seeing vintage postcards come to life!
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Kyoto InterTV - Baikasai Festival Tea Ceremony new!
On February 25, the Baikasai festival (plum viewing festival) is held at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine . Geiko and maiko serve tea to those who attend underneath the blooming ume blossoms.
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Sakurako - Asakusa Geisha by Brovision
Brovision presents to us a rather charming four part mini documentary about a young geisha from the Asakusa hanamachi in Tokyo, Sakurako. This documentary, in addition to interviewing Sakurako about her reasons for becoming a geisha, also shows her applying her makeup, dressing for an appointment, and a beautiful dance performance.
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Geisha: An Artist's Journey by Boru Television.
Boru Television presents to us an enchanting preview of a documentary about Shizumi, a Japanese-American performance artist, returning to Japan to explore the origins of her inspiration. Along the path of her exploration, Shizumi meets many interesting people such as maiko, geiko and a tayuu of the Shimabara.
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Otabe - Wagashi Advertisements
Otobe, a wagashi (Japanese confectionery) company, produced three charming and humerous advertisments staring young maiko-sans dancing and singing the company "jingle".
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Hogege.com - Maiko overlooking the Kamogawa
Hogege.com presents to us a short video clip of a beautiful young maiko attending to clients during the Gion Festival, overlooking the Kamogawa (Kamo river).
Click here to view the video (video #42)>>




Takemoto - Miyagawa-cho
This website presents four lovely videos from a geisha house in relation to two of their newest maiko, along with a video of scenery around the Miyagawa-cho hanamachi. The videos show us Fukuume and Fukunami having their make-up and dress prepared for their Mishidashi (debut as a maiko) along with the Mishidashi ceremony, and finally, the congratulations and announcements.
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Joi Ito Web - Mameyoshi
Joi Ito presents to us a wonderful video clip of a Mameyoshi, a new geiko who just went through erikae and two young maiko-san, Teruyuki and Terukoma. Mameyoshi is performing on the shameisen, whilst Teruyuki and Terukoma perform two dances, "kagamimochi" and "gion kouta".
Click here to view the video on Joi Ito's website>>
Click here to view the video on archive.org >>


Joi Ito - Archive.org - Gion Geisha Dance in Kyoto
Joi Ito spoils us yet again with another wonderful video clip of a geisha performing a traditional dance in June, 2005.
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Joi Ito - Archive.org - Gion Geisha Dance in Kyoto Part 2
Once again Joi Ito spoils us with an additional video clip of a maiko and geiko performing the dance gion kouta in June, 2005.
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Alive in Kyoto - Jizou-bon dance new!
Nils, from planetkyoto.com presents to us a video of geiko and maiko from Miyagawacho participating in Jizou-bon dance.
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Somesho.com - Gion Kouta
Somesho.com features a fabulous full length video of three maiko dancing to Gion Kouta (the same dance as performed above in the Joi Ito link!). Scroll down the page to where it says "Maiko" on the far left. The video file is quite large, so please right click and save the link to your computer for later viewing and to help save bandwidth of somesho.com.
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Asian Pacific Symposium on Safety 2001
Another Gion Kouta video!
It appears that an attraction at the Symposium on Safety were both geisha and maiko performances. This video shows two maiko performing Gion Kouta.
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Japan - Geisha Dance Show
Each year, the geiko and maiko of Gion put on a lavish production called the Miyako Odori (Dance of the Capital), better known as "The Cherry Dance". The geiko and maiko train extremely hard for months to perfect their dancing for this show. This website provides five short but neat snippets from the 2001 Miyako Odori.
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Setsubun Performance
Each year maiko and geiko participate in Setsubun festival at the Yasaka Shrine (Kamishichiken participates at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine). The geiko and maiko will perform various dances and then throw dried soy beans into the audience which is said to help drive out the devils. This website show four short clips of Setsubun festivities.
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Gion Tourist Guide - KuroKami
The Gion Tourist Guide presents to us a dance performed by a senior maiko, called “KuroKami”, which literally translates to “Black Hair”. KuroKami is the dance performed by all senior maiko who are about to graduate to geiko.
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Gion Tourist Guide - KuroKami 2 new!
The Gion Tourist Guide presents to us another clip displaying a small segment of the dance, "Kurokami".
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Kyoto Prefectural Election Administration Commission
KPEAC presents on their website a video clip of a Senior maiko, having reached the age of 20 (the legal voting age in Japan), talking about the importance of voting and the various steps. Be sure to watch the videos for steps one through to five!
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Kanazawa City in Japan
The Kanazawa City website provides three different videos of geisha and apprentice dressed in yukata performing. The performances range from traditional dancing, shamisen, singing and taiko.
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Gontaclub.com - Dog Food Advertisement
This is an amusing advertisement for Bistro Gonta dog food. Unlike the Otabe commercial listed above, it appears the women in this commercial are actresses, rather than real geiko and maiko. This observation is drawn largely based on the fact that the "maiko" are wearing wigs. This video is also a great example of how the geisha image influences pop culture and advertising.
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TokyoDV: Twelve Layer Kimono Dressing (Juni-Hitoe)
For certain odori performances and participation in the annual Jidai Matsuri, geisha will on occasion wear juni-hitoe - the twelve layered kimono worn in Heian era. This video provides an example of how one is dressed in juni-hitoe.
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Tokyochuo.net - Traditional Japanese Katsura Stylist
Tokyochuo.net is an excellent website in both Japanese and English language featuring interviews with traditional artisans of various crafts. This particular video features Maestro Toshiaki Nakayama, a third generation katsura stylist for Kabuki theatre. The video footage that accompanies the interview will be quite educational for those who are interested in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Whilst the video does not show complete step by step instructions on how to do a shimada mage, it certainly helps budding traditional hairstylist with demonstrations of specific techniques. A special thanks to mojuko of Immortal Geisha forums for finding this video!
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Tokyo Tourism Info - Traditional Shamisen
Originating from China via Okinawa, the Shamisen was introduced to main land Japan in the 16th century. It soon became adopted as a favourite musical instrument by geisha. This series of 6 videos from the Tokyo Tourism Info website explain the history of shamisen and demonstrates how they are created by traditional craftsmen.
Click here to view the video (#32)>>


Kyoto Gion Street
A short, but quaint video of a stroll down one of the streets of the geisha hanamachi, Gion. As the camera moves from each side of the street, you can see the red paper lanterns that has the crest of Gion showing along with posters advertising the Miyako Odori.
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The preceding images and video links are the copyright of the respective website owners. ImmortalGeisha.com claims no ownership of the content within the preceding links. If you wish to use any of these videos for commercial purposes, you will need to contact the owner of the video - not ImmortalGeisha.