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January 07, 2004

In Memory of a Geisha

Kiharu Nakamura, who gave up a career as a top geisha to teach traditional Japanese music and dance in the United States for nearly half a century, has died at the age of 90, according to her Tokyo publisher. Soshisha published her 1983 autobiography, The Memoir of a Tokyo-born Geisha, in which she described herself as the only geisha who could speak English in pre-World War II Tokyo. Among her illustrious clientele were Jean Cocteau, Charlie Chaplin and Babe Ruth. Nakamura went to the US in 1956 and lived the rest of her life in New York.
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