16 Sep '11, 10am

Japanese jobs programme to train geisha

Japanese jobs programme to train geisha

Demand for geisha has steadily dropped over the years across Japan, but their presence at various tourist events delights visitors, the city official said. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (AFP) - A small hot spring resort in eastern Japan plans to recruit three women to become geisha in an effort to preserve a tradition and to boost tourism, a local official said on Friday. Shimoda city, 130km south-west of Tokyo, has set aside 5.23 million yen (S$84,504) for a six-month geisha training project, using national subsidies available for employment programmes, a city spokesman told AFP. The trainees will receive a daily wage of roughly 6,200 yen and will be expected to work five days a week for six months to March, he said. 'Once they finish the programme, they will demonstrate their art' at a local festival celebrating the life of a 19th-century geisha, he said. Despite their image in the...

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