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October 06, 2006

Geisha and English: The Lessons Begin

In order to be able to communicate with foreigners about the history, atmosphere and culture in the Geisha district, beginning this past month, the Ookini Zaitan (ookini means thank you in the Kyoto dialect, and Zaitan means foundation) began dispatching language teachers to five Geisha districts. The language instructors will provide forty-five minute lessons ten times per year. The contents of the lesson will allow Geisha to explain their customs, dress, and manners to English speaking tourists. In addition, they will be taught how to respond in English to commonly asked questions.

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