Yesterday, after a very long silence, I got an email from my Japanese friend Fukiko, who has been on my mind frequently of late.
When the universe speaks so clearly, what can I do but listen and act? Here’s the result…
Synchronicity compelled me to consolidate, into one post, four videos from an interview with geisha-to-be Kikune (a “maiko”), with whom I was fortunate to have spoken when I visited Japan in 2008.
In the best-selling book Memoirs of a Geisha, the young Japanese heroine suffers mightily at the hands of a “Mother” who controls her life, and elder “sisters” who torment her.
My impression during my conversation with Kikune, the 18-year-old apprentice geisha I interviewed while I was in Kyoto in 2008, was that, while her life is not easy, it’s one that she herself has chosen, and for which she is willing to endure certain hardships.