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Meet a Geiko in Kanazawa

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Experience the World of Kanazawa Geiko at an Ozashiki Party

Kanazawa City Tourism Association

 

 

“Geiko” is the word for “geisha” in Kanazawa, a city that has preserved its own unique traditions of classical Japanese performing arts since the feudal era. The Kanazawa Geiko have long been renowned for their performance skills and their spirit of hospitality. Today, they continue to devote themselves to daily practice so as to refine and pass on those skills.

One of the most artistic Geiko performances is on the Ozashiki Daiko drums. These are a pair of large and small drums played to the accompaniment of the shamisen three-stringed lute.

Geiko typically perform at the gala Ozashiki parties held in Kanazawa’s traditional teahouses. Most teahouses only admit regular customers and their invited guests, so ordinary members of the public rarely get the opportunity to enjoy an Ozashiki party. 

However, Kanazawa Asanogawa Enyukai Hall is one place where you can enter the world of the Geiko and enjoy the Ozashiki party experience firsthand. It’s one of Kanazawa’s most popular attractions.

 

How to get there

 

From Tokyo Station, take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa Station (about 2 hours 30 minutes). From the station, take the Kanazawa Loop Bus (Right Loop) and get off at the Hashiba-cho (Higashi, Kazue-machi Chaya District) bus stop (about 10 minutes). Kanazawa Asanogawa Enyukai Hall is 5 minutes on foot from the bus stop.

 

1-1-4 Kannon-machi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken

 

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