Geisha and matcha from Keiko Uchida

I read an interesting article in the Guardian about the situation in Kyoto, where they are banning tourists from going to the Geisha district because of uncontrollable behaviour. I do have some difficulties about the geishas’ profession, and there might have been very limited work opportunities for women over 100 years ago when it was one of the professions at that time.

Nowadays, though, there aren’t many girls who want to be geishas in Japan, and there are many more options to play an independent role as a woman. To be a geisha, girls need to learn traditional dance and the tea ceremony as part of their training, although the tea ceremony is mainly for guests to perform. 

In my opinion the tea ceremony is fundamentally about thinking of others, and also being in peaceful and wonderful company in the tea room with a cup of matcha tea. It also has equally important meanings for ourselves personally, things we can meditate about spiritually. 

Geisha is mainly perform for the guests in the party room, so I am not really sure that our soul can rest in the party room though...

 

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