Lecture past event

SOLD OUT Frank L. Ellsworth Performing Arts Lecture Series: Komomo: Geisha in Contemporary Japan

May 22, 2008
SOLD OUT Frank L. Ellsworth Performing Arts Lecture Series: Komomo: Geisha in Contemporary Japan

With traditional dance & live shamisen accompaniment.

Geisha Komomo was born in Mexico and raised in Beijing before becoming a geisha’s apprentice, or maiko in 2000 and a full fledged geiko, as geisha are known in Kyoto, in 2005. In this lecture, Komomo’s rare story–from apprenticeship to full geisha–is told through a series of photographs by photographer Naoyuki Ogino, giving an intimate glimpse of a geisha’s life today. Moderated by Christopher Benfey, Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. The program also features a live traditional dance performance by Komomo, with shamisen accompaniment.

Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $20/$15 Japan Society members.  This event is sold out.

Support for this lecture is provided by Kodansha International, Ltd.

Transportation assistance provided by 

  • May 22, 2008
  • 6:30 pm