Category: 2017 Fall Fukagawa Posts

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Geisha Makeup 101

[Student Post] Hey everyone! It’s Rumi again and for this week, we’ll be talking about the traditional makeup of a Geisha. Giving off an ethereal and enigmatic look with the contrast of pale white skin, midnight-black hair, and stark red lips; Geishas are immediately recognized by their very unique makeup that has not changed for over...

6th December 20186th December 2018by
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Geisha Banquet: then and now

[STUDENT POST]      Hello Everyone! I’m Rumi, a Waseda University SILS student taking a Geisha seminar class, and I will be working  alongside Haruka in creating Facebook posts for the Sayuki Geisha Facebook page for this fall semester. As we slowly approach the end of this year and marvel at being surrounded by brilliant...

29th October 201829th October 2018by
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Changes of Fukagawa Districts

Fukagawa is in downtown Tokyo, or Shitamachi. The name comes from a man who was a pioneer at Fukagawa, Fukagawa Yarouuemon, or 深川八郎右衛門. The picture below is a map of Fukagawa in Edo era. Although just viewing this map might be fun, but if you know how to look at this map, it will be...

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Fukagawa kotoba

“Fukagawa kotoba”, or “karakota”, is a form of word game that originated within Fukagawa. To speak the Fukagawa kotoba, understanding the order of Japanese letters is very important. The best way to explain Fukagawa kotoba is by using a 五十音表, or  “50-sound chart” such as above. After saying one letter, one would say the letter...

17th December 201717th December 2017by
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“Machi geisha”, “Edo geisha” and “Haori geisha”

A research on geisha written in ” The Gei of Geisha: Music, Identity, and Meaning”  has provided a further understanding about geishas who live in Fukagawa. In the geisha’s world, Fukagawa geisha is also known as Tatsumi geisha whereas “Tatsumi” means northeast. On the other hand, Fukagawa was among the most popular geisha’s districts in the Edo...

16th December 201716th December 2017by
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How Fukagawa Was Primed For Geisha

Fukagawa may have only been a small district in the history of geisha in Tokyo, however there are several historical aspects that make the Fukagawa geisha stand out, such as how the very beginning of female geisha is said to have originated within this districts borders. This major aspect of Geisha history makes it important...

15th December 201715th December 2017by
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The Legendary Kikuya

  Throughout all of geisha history there are a few names that withstand the tests of time and are passed down through the years as records of talented women who bore them. One of these names belongs to a young girl from edo-era Fukagawa whose renown and actions changed Japanese culture forever: Kikuya. To understand...

15th December 201715th December 2017by
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Fukagawa Geisha History – WW2 to losing the geisha office

In 1868, Meiji Emperor ascended the throne and the shogunate era went to its end. Geisha in Japan entered their Golden Age. In the 1930s, before WW2, is the heyday of the Japan geisha. The number of the geisha arrived around 2 million 5 thousand. However, by this time, Fukagawa had already nearly disappeared as...

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Fukagawa Shrines and Temples: Tomioka Hachimangu, Narita Fudoson, others

Fukagawa Fudōson Temple (深川不動尊)was a bit of a mishmash temple which first built in 1703 and is a branch of the Narita-san Shinshō-ji Temple near Tokyo International Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture.   This temple is part of the Chisan group in the Shingon school of Buddhism (one of the major schools of Buddhism in Japan)...

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