Like a natural

Like a natural

He may be the world's sole male geisha, but Enosuke Hirose is only following tradition, writes Julian Ryall.

Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 11:56pm

Life of geisha still alluring for girls

Wrapped in a beige satin kimono, with her face painted white and the edges of her eyes defined in crimson, 15-year-old Tomitae debuted as a maiko - or 'novice geisha' - at the annual Gion Odori, or dance performance, in Kyoto last month.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The Geisha and the Monk

The Geisha and the Monk by Julian D. Bound Sol Publishing (e-book)

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Meet and greet

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A Gaijin's Guide to Japan

A Gaijin's Guide to Japan

by Ben Stevens

Friday Books


5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

East Wind Melts the Ice

East Wind Melts the Ice

by Liza Dalby

Vintage, HK$128

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Bar Flower

Bar Flower

by Lea Jacobson

St Martin's Press, HK$200

In Japan, where formality and rigid social mores rule everyday life, everyone has their place, especially when it comes to commercial affairs of the heart and flesh. There are geisha, hostesses and whores and they are not to be confused.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Kyoto, Japan

After more than 1,000 years as the traditional arts centre of Japan, Kyoto is a treasure trove for shoppers looking for unusual artefacts. The best buys can be difficult to find, so ask the advice of hotel concierges who have passed the Kyoto government's local-knowledge examinations (a handful pass each year).

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Powder room

Nars' Exotica collection for summer includes three eye colours (HK$195/2.2g or HK$300/4g) and five new lip colours (HK$210/2.4g lip pencil, HK$210/8g lip gloss, HK$210/3.4g lipstick). All have the staying power you'd expect with luscious textures and intense colours.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am

In the line of beauty

If you want to make Sayuki angry, mention the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, or worse, the best-seller on which it was based. 'It is a ludicrous, totally fictional book that came out of a white, middle-aged American male's imagination,' she says. 'I hope you're not going to write about that.'

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Art to challenge

Art lovers, get your calendars ready: the New Vision Arts Festival, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will run from October 20 to November 19.

The arts extravanganza provides a platform for artists to challenge their own boundaries by experimenting with other disciplines.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

It's a wrap

The geisha look may have passed but Japanese-inspired elements, including obi belts and floral prints, add an exotic touch to designer looks.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

A powdered nod to geishas

Times Square hangout WasabiSabi kicked off its 'geisha night' last Thursday in a bid to revive its night-scene presence. But if you're expecting formally trained Meiji-era courtesans, you'll be sadly disappointed. For the opening night bash, what passed for geishas were three non-descript Japanese girls (left) in casual kimonos with powdered faces.

12 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Waking passions in the geisha's dream world

An African-American actress dressed as a modern geisha slowly glides across the stage, while a male Japanese kabuki performer, dressed as a traditional geisha, dances to the tune of a three-string shamisen.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1954

Self-confessed deserter from the Irish Army, Craftsman M.A. Tobin of the REME attached to Headquarters 27 Infantry Brigade, faced a charge of desertion from Her Majesty's Forces at a court martial held at Fanling.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am