Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara Oct30


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Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara

Friday, October 30. 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Asian Centre Auditorium (1877 West Mall, UBC). Free of charge.

Canadian Premiere of  Minako: Last Geisha of the Yoshiwara

 Please join us for this screening of a documentary movie on the last living geisha of the Yoshiwara district. In addition to the screening, there will be brief presentations on geisha and Edo culture by director Makoto Yasuhara and Edo specialist Kenji Watanabe.

Director Makoto Yasuhara spent six years getting to know and document the life of a practicing geisha of the Yoshiwara district of Tokyo. Until Minako’s death in 2010 at age 90, she was the last living geisha (literally “a practitioner of the arts”) of the Yoshiwara, the only licensed area for prostitution in the old city of Edo (present Tokyo). Yoshiwara was once occupied by courtesans and those versed in traditional arts. Following World War II, the district was officially closed, but the cultural traditions lived on through the work of geisha like Minako.

 Co-sponsored by the UBC Department of Asian Studies and Centre for Japanese Research, together with TomoeArts.