A Tale of Love and Honor: Life in Gion

Within Japan, there’s a place that’s like another world: Gion, in Kyoto.

When night falls in this historic district, nearly 100 geiko, or traditional entertainers, make their way to teahouses to perform classical arts, such as music and dance, for carefully selected guests.

Kimi Ota, 77, is a proprietress of a 200-year-old teahouse. Throughout its history, it has always been run by a woman. The proprietress cannot marry, and must have a daughter who can someday take over.

Peer behind the curtain into the unique and alluring world of Kyoto’s teahouses and experience the life of a Geiko.

A Tale of Love and Honor: Life in Gion
  • Info
  • Release date2017
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Maki Kubochi
  • Production companyNHK