Kyoto’s Geishas Under Tourist Attack! Japan Fighting Back Against Intrusive Visitors!

Geishas Under Attack!

Well this is a troubling story: classic Geishas, Japanese women who perform ancient traditions of art, dance and singing, and are distinctively characterized by their wearing of kimono and oshiroi makeup, are under attack.

These legendary Geishas have come under attack – from tourists!

The Guardian has the story:

“Authorities in Kyoto have banned photography in parts of the city’s main geisha neighbourhood, amid a flurry of complaints about harassment and bad behaviour by foreign tourists in the quest for the perfect selfie.

The ban, introduced recently on private roads in the city’s Gion district, includes a fine of up to 10,000 yen (£70), as Kyoto and other sightseeing spots in Japan grapple with the downside of a boom in visitors that is expected to last long after next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.”

The Guardian goes on to report:

“Tourism pollution” is a growing problem in Kyoto, where tourists flock to ancient shrines and temples and, in Gion, catch sight of the female entertainers – known locally as geiko – and maiko apprentices dressed in elaborate kimono on their way to evening appointments.

In a survey of 300 restaurants and shops in the area, complaints ranged from littering and smoking while walking, to blocking traffic and trespassing. Some said they had witnessed groups of tourists surroundings taxis carrying geiko and chasing the women along the street in an attempt to take photographs.

“Tourism pollution” is a problem all over the world, but its troubling that these classic Geishas are being harassed as they try to go about their life.

Terrific reporting as always – click here to read the entire article and support The Guardian!

The world of Geishas is fascinating: they begin as “Maiko” – an apprentice geisha in Kyoto and Western Japan. They perform songs, dances, and play the shamisen or other traditional Japanese instruments for visitors.

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Yes, it’s real and it’s so much fun for the entire family!

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11 replies

  1. It’s always sad when people go somewhere and disrespect their hosts

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  2. I remember that great book, Memoirs of a Geisha. It was my only experience inside that
    Fascinating culture.


  3. I have seen so many examples of crass behaviour by tourists in many countries. British tourists are some of the worst, and I say that as being British. Lack of respect, and thoughtless, gormless acts.
    I wonder why people with the money to travel to such exotic places have so little ‘class’.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Not good! This is one thing I really hate about tourism – some people just can’t seem to respect others when they travel. I can’t wait to go to Kyoto eventually, but I will definitely read some culture guidelines before I go!

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  5. It is sad that tourists don’t show respect for other people’s cultures and traditions, John. When I travel, I always ask at any places we visit whether or not photographs are allowed.

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