I am delighted to inform that one of the members of Arai Academy, an English journalist specialised in Japan, is happy to share her deep observations and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture and society. I appreciate for this opportunity and I am sure that deeper understanding on Japan will facilitate your language learning for the learners. Japanese people will also get benefits if you will be able to explain about one of the most curious cultures for your foreign friends.
Lesley Downer is one of the very few westerners ever to have broken into the closed and mysterious world of the geisha. Even Japanese know very little about who the geisha really are and what they do. To research her books Lesley spend six month living among and befriending geisha in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Atami and other cities. She talked to geisha and their customers, attended geisha parties, hung out with maiko (apprentice geisha) and geisha house owners, and learnt how to distinguish a geisha from a Japanese woman in a kimono, what happens when you take a geisha to Disneyland, what becomes of geisha when they grow old and much else. She also met and became friends with male geisha (taikomochi). She will talk about her experiences and illustrate her talk with many pictures.