JAPAN: To Please a Guest

JAPAN To Please a Guest Like Connecticut schoolgirls on Commencement Day, the geishas of Japan gather together on the Day of the Seven Herbs at the end of Japan's New Year feasting to receive their awards for a year well spent. Last week, as the fragile and mannered geishas of Gion, one of Kyoto's most famed geisha districts, trooped into the auditorium of their two-story training academy for the annual ceremony of a new geisha year, the balconies were ringed with the faces of teachers, music masters and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!