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 Post subject: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:32 pm 
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Hi,
I`m starting this topic because I`m going to Japan in autumn and I thought that it would be cool to meet a maiko or a geiko. I attended hassaku last year (inside of the ochaya) so I`m not that green.

So, where can a foreigner attend an ozashiki? How much does it cost? I know about Hatanaka but I`m not fond of such a big parties.

My dream is a private little party for me and my friend (who knows the rules of the hanamachi too).

If anyone can help me arrange it I will be really grateful.

Also, what is the best way to buy a ticket to Gion Odori?

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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:14 am 
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You can visit Tomikiku in Gion Higashi. I can help you translate their webpage if you don't read Japanese -- but they are also an English-savvy ochaya (friendly to foreigners and first-timers), so you might be able to call and speak with the establishment in English. They have a few different options. I helped a stranger on instagram visit there lol :D


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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:20 pm 
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I'll be going to Japan this autumn too - maybe I'll see you around! ;) I will probably go to Gion Hatanaka - having a private ozashiki sounds like a dream, so I'm very jealous of you! ^^

Shizuka already mentioned Tomikiku (scroll down for info), but other ways to book an ozashiki are to book through for example:

To purchase a ticket for the Gion Odori, you can order these through the Tomikiku website or the Kyoto City Tourism Organisation. If you have already booked a hotel or ryoukan, you can try asking them to arrange tickets for you.
According to the Gion Higashi website, the sale of tickets starts in September.

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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:41 pm 
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I was going to visit Tomikiku. I sent them an email and it bounced, full inbox. Then I chickened out. Haha. Oh well. Maybe on our second Kyoto trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:55 pm 
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Aw, that's too bad. Well, hopefully it's a sign things are going well at Tomikiku. ^^
Now that I am making lists of all the things I want to see, I am already thinking of needing to go a second time too - there's so much to see and do!

By the way, I am currently using http://www.tripomatic.com/#/ to plan my days - just thougt I'd share. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
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Wow, that looks like a great tool. I ahve written up my own itineraries per city and am storing them in trip-specific notebooks in Evernote. It's not brilliant, but it'll do for this trip. I might use Trip o Matic next time. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
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You're welcome. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ozashiki for a foreigner
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 5:50 am 
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What about Yuko Sakatas' place?
http://www.gion-sakata.com/sakata/index.html
Is it still functioning?


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