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About Geisha in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is a city that has inherited traditional crafts and performing parts from the feudal domain period, and it is where traditions still live on in the daily life.

 

The Geisha district culture has a long history and the official district layout was established in 1820, during the reign of the 12th lord of the domain: Maeda Narinaga. For a long time, the city has remained untouched by the damage of wars and natural disasters, making it possible for the city to preserve its historical treasures:  the 3 Geisha districts with the traditional teahouse architectures.  Kanazawa is a rare city in Japan to preserve the traditional Geisha districts and Geisha culture that are still active in the modern time.

Today, in the three Geisha districts of Higashi, Nishi and Kazue-machi, Kanazawa Geisha continue to refine their artistic abilities while transmitting a wealth of the traditional cultures to future generations.

Kanazawa is a rare city in Japan to preserve the traditional Geisha districts and Geisha culture that are still active in the modern time.

In Kanazawa, locals never call them Geisha. People in Kanazawa always refer to them as Geiko or Geiko-san.

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