Context On Demand – Secrets of Kyoto Geishas with Dr. Gavin Campbell

Context On Demand – Secrets of Kyoto Geishas with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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Have you ever wondered about what it takes to become a geisha? Join this 60-minute webinar to discover the behind-the-scenes enchantment of Japanese dance studios and houses where traditional practices intersect with contemporary women who carry on a remarkable legacy.

Kyoto is a city of matchless beauty and cultural depth; few of its citizens embody those qualities better than the geisha. Meaning a "person of art," the geisha dedicate years to perfecting traditional skills, from music and dance to tea ceremony and flower arranging. The most fantastic geisha are, quite literally, living works of art. "She's a geisha all the way to her fingertips," people will say. But make no mistake: geisha are not wallflowers or demure playthings. To become a geisha requires drive, dedication, and determination.

For centuries the geisha world has been closed to all but a handful. This ensured discretion while also drawing an alluring veil over this "floating world." Our journey together takes us behind the fantasy into the dance studios, the dressing rooms, and the boarding houses where the geisha and their apprentices learn to weave a spell of beauty and enchantment. We will learn about why women still choose this path, trace the profession's raucous and sometimes painful history, and follow contemporary women who, at the age of 15, begin a quest to join their name alongside those who proudly preserve one of Japan's most incredible living arts: the Kyoto geisha.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, this interactive webinar is led by Dr. Gavin James Campbell, a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. Gavin has lived in Kyoto for 19 years and avidly participates in Kyoto geisha culture.

As you watch, we encourage you to think about these questions:
  1. What surprised you most about what you learned about Kyoto geisha? 
  2. What images of geisha did you have before, and where did those images come from, if you can recall? 
  3. Is this an exploitative tradition today, or does it keep alive vital elements of Kyoto tradition (or both)? 
Watch On Demand, Submit Questions to Your Expert
Learn Now with Context on Demand. Enjoy this 60-minute webinar that can be watched immediately — or up to 40 days after purchase. As you watch, you can submit questions, thoughts, or comments that will be answered by the expert. Guided discussion questions and recommended reading lists will also be provided to support further learning on the topic. Additional FAQ answers are available below. 
About Your Expert

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

FAQ

 

When will I receive the On Demand Lecture to watch?
Immediately after checkout, you will be emailed your order confirmation. This will contain a link saying "Watch Now." 
How long is this video presentation?
Each presentation is approximately 60 minutes long.
How long is the presentation available to rewatch? What happens if I need to pause and then resume on a later date?
Your webinar is available to re-watch for up to 40 days from the date of purchase. Use the link in your order confirmation email to re-visit the classroom. 
How can I send Context my questions for the Expert?
Input your questions into the form below your video screen on the "Watch Now" page.
Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

60 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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