Women of the Hanamachi by Michael Greenberger

October 19th - 29th, 2017

at Setsugekka East Village

No reservation required. Please just stop by.

We are happy to announce that we will hold photography and illustration exhibition focusing on Geiko and Maiko in Kyoto by Michael Greenberger. During the exhibition, his works will be displayed inside the teahouse, Setsugekka East Village. You will feel as if you were in Kyoto by being surrounded by his beautiful photos and illustrations. Furthermore, lectures on Secrets of Geiko and Maiko will be held on Saturdays, October 21st and 28th, 11am to 12pm and 5pm to 6pm. The admission is $35 per person including matcha by Souheki Mori and photo postcard by Michael Greenberger. As the seats are limited, please make a reservation by purchasing an e-ticket below.

Lecture on Secrets of Geiko and Maiko by Michael Greenberger with Matcha by Souheki Mori

Geiko emulate Japan’s longstanding traditions while continuing to be established aspects of modern culture. The Kagai districts and its place in current society will be discussed. It will also showcase objects like Uchiwa (fans), Kanzashi (hair accessories), and Senjafuda (name cards).


Note: This lecture will be in English

Matcha by Souheki Mori and photo postcard by Michael Greenberger included

Artist's Profile

Michael Greenberger
Michael Greenberger - Photos & Illustrations

"For years, I had been intrigued by Japan, including numerous prints and stories of Geiko and Maiko. But it was only when I saw them in the flesh in Kyoto during a study abroad experience that I understood the fascination of those artists and writers.  Seeming as though they had just walked out of a dream, Geiko and Maiko walk so gracefully and their gleaming white faces shine with beauty. After that day, my interest in them grew and grew, and I am grateful to have met so many people who have brought me closer and closer to this secret world of traditional Japan. This inspiration led me to create paintings and photographs through which I can share the world of Geiko and Maiko.”


After three trips to Japan, seeing Geiko and Maiko in Gion, and studying the language, Michael Greenberger’s captivation with Japanese culture and its traditional arts led him to further his studies and practices. He has studied tea ceremony with Souheki Mori and is dedicated to increasing his knowledge.  Michael will complete his BFA in  Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in 2018, and he is active in the art world, doing freelance illustration and working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.