Geisha in Gion have been marking ‘Setsubun’ in a similarly playful manner, in skits and performances that are sometimes risqué and always contrary to their image, for about 300 years. Photos: Masanao Kondo

‘I love men’: how geisha celebrate Lunar New Year in Kyoto

Usually demure women let their painted masks slip for one night of the year – on February 3, or ‘Setsubun’ – when the entertainment is quite different

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Geisha in Gion have been marking ‘Setsubun’ in a similarly playful manner, in skits and performances that are sometimes risqué and always contrary to their image, for about 300 years. Photos: Masanao Kondo
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A scene from the 2010 edition of CCTV’s annual Lunar New Year programme. Photo: China Foto Press

Why ‘Chunwan’, China’s Lunar New Year gala, is the world’s most-watched TV show

The glitzy variety programme, which has social media buzzing in anticipation before each annual broadcast, attracted a whopping one billion viewers in 2018

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A scene from the 2010 edition of CCTV’s annual Lunar New Year programme. Photo: China Foto Press
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