An “ochaya” bar run by a genuine geiko in Gion
Tama, which opened in 1972, is one of the oldest so-called “ochaya” bars. Ochaya is the place where maiko and geiko entertain customers. In an ochaya, a female manager, generally called Okami-san, is responsible for the life and work of young maiko. Tama’s Okami-san, Ms. Hisae Matsuo, runs an Okiya (maiko accommodation) where she is taking care of 8 maiko and a bar on the south of Hanamikoji Street with classical Japanese-style tatami mat seats. In Kyoto, there is a custom that an ochaya doesn’t accept first time customers without an introduction from their regular customers. Hisae, who was also a very popular geiko in Gion, still preserves this tradition. She has nurtured many maiko and geiko in her ochaya and is now a famous Okami-san in the area. She also often instructs and supervises the manners of maiko and geiko for TV programs and other publicity occasions.
Photo:Yasuo Kubota Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
|Address||570 Gion-machi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto|
|Closed||Sun. (closed irregularly when it is national holidays)|
|Recommended||A new guest is required to have a recommendation by someone who has visited the restaurant before.|
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