Fukagawa Geishais creating new trainee geisha to carry on the geisha traditions in Tokyo
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Your support and patronage keeps the tradition alive. You will be taking care of your very own geisha, following her training progress, and helping to encourage her on. Every patron will receive special access to your little geisha's monthly exclusive blog, plus a special big thanks credit on the website. Also, you'll gain access to our exclusive Patreon Feed.
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To debut as geisha, girls must learn specific skills, rituals and customs through a rigorous one-year training under the supervision of older geisha. In the old days, young trainees came into geisha houses as early as four years old, and were fully financially supported by the geisha house. They were under contract to work for the house until repayment of the debts incurred in the purchase of their kimono, accessories and lesson fees. They would occasionally have a sponsor or “danna” that could also help cover their debuting expenses.
However times have changed: these days girls start their training much later, and are obviously free to leave any time they want. Therefore few geisha houses are able to cover training expenses when there is no absolute guarantee that trainees will continue as adult geisha and repay their debts. Nowadays, there are no longer many affluent individuals sponsoring the arts, and the biggest challenge to raising young aspiring geisha is finding a way to finance their training in the crucial first year before they are able to work properly at banquets and earn their own way. The biggest challenge to geisha houses is how to finance the training of young geisha during this crucial time.
The sum we are trying to raise to help the Fukagawa Geisha revive their district is divided into several stages covering accommodation and living expenses, and then lesson-related expenses, and kimono and accessory expenses, for each geisha.
By supporting this project, you can become a “danna” or sponsor of a trainee geisha and follow her progress during the first and crucial year of her training. You will thus be making an incredibly generous and valuable contribution to preserving this beautiful tradition. We are very excited about the possibility of the traditional "danna" role being shared collectively by many people around the world who deeply care about geisha culture.
Note: The geisha house itself does not get any profit whatsoever from listing the trainees on Patreon. Currently the geisha house IS the main sponsor of the trainees, and the geisha mother personally puts enormous amounts of money into training expenses. The geisha house will continue to fund any shortfall in the monthly amount we are trying to raise here, and will continue to be the largest sponsor of the trainee geisha in the meantime, and probably for a long time to come.
Note: Fukagawa Geisha is a project to help the Fukagawa geisha revive their district and help support the training of young geisha.The trainees work together with senior geisha from Fukagawa District at banquets.
This is the amount the trainee geisha needs to support her housing, bills, food and living expenses. We would need to cover the basic training without providing all necessary equipment, material and advanced training lessons. That means she would have to go into debt to fund her complete training, or do part-time work detracting from her training.