Fukagawa Geisha are creating new trainee geisha to carry on the geisha traditions in Tokyo
9

patrons

$17
per month
Geisha are traditional entertainers of Japanese arts and music specializing in dance, singing, and a variety of instruments including hand drum, shoulder drum, shamisen or Japanese flute. They train throughout their lives, are very highly skilled, and some of the older geisha are even “living national treasures”, the highest status of artist in Japan.

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.
Tiers
$1 tier
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
Patreon Exclusive Blog


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.

$5 tier
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Monthly Set of Photos

Patrons at this level gain access to a monthly photo collage, and of course, the blog written by your little geisha.
$50 tier
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Deeper Insight

Every full month Patrons remain subscribed at this level, we will share with you an exclusive video on your trainee geisha. Plus access to all rewards from the level before.
$100 tier
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Google Hangout!

Patrons at this incredibly generous monthly level gain access to an exclusive, monthly live hangout where you will see and hear from your Geisha in training. And of course you gain access to all rewards from the level before.
$500 tier
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Be a Guest

Want a private session to gain acquaintance with your very own geisha? 
Then be a guest at a special online banquet! Your little geisha will dress up specially and chat with you, and dance for you, at a time and day of our choice (we will give a few options). 

If you do come to Tokyo, you will be able to call out your geisha at less than the normal cost.
If you succeed in getting funding for us through the Japan Foundation or other, we will be sure to visit  your country.
Goals
$17 of $1,200 per month
Housing Costs (One trainee geisha)

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.
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Geisha are traditional entertainers of Japanese arts and music specializing in dance, singing, and a variety of instruments including hand drum, shoulder drum, shamisen or Japanese flute. They train throughout their lives, are very highly skilled, and some of the older geisha are even “living national treasures”, the highest status of artist in Japan.

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.

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Tiers
$1 tier
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
Patreon Exclusive Blog


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.

$5 tier
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
Monthly Set of Photos

Patrons at this level gain access to a monthly photo collage, and of course, the blog written by your little geisha.
$50 tier
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Deeper Insight

Every full month Patrons remain subscribed at this level, we will share with you an exclusive video on your trainee geisha. Plus access to all rewards from the level before.
$100 tier
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Google Hangout!

Patrons at this incredibly generous monthly level gain access to an exclusive, monthly live hangout where you will see and hear from your Geisha in training. And of course you gain access to all rewards from the level before.
$500 tier
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Be a Guest

Want a private session to gain acquaintance with your very own geisha? 
Then be a guest at a special online banquet! Your little geisha will dress up specially and chat with you, and dance for you, at a time and day of our choice (we will give a few options). 

If you do come to Tokyo, you will be able to call out your geisha at less than the normal cost.
If you succeed in getting funding for us through the Japan Foundation or other, we will be sure to visit  your country.