Now “” is sponsored by us

TMCreation has become a sponsor of the website, “” from 1 March, 2011. We were in charge of renewing the website from scratch. is the official website of Sayuki, who became the first western geisha in their 400 year history. She is from Melbourne in Australia.  TMCreation will support her cultural activities which promote Japanese culture and tradition to people not only in Japan, but also overseas.

For the first time in the 400-year history of the geisha, a Westerner has been accepted, and she made her debut as a geisha under the name Sayuki on December 19, 2007.

Sayuki is specialized in social anthropology, a subject which requires anthropologists to actually experience the subject they are studying by participating in the society themselves.

Sayuki has been doing anthropological fieldwork in Asakusa – one of the oldest of Tokyos six remaining geisha districts – for the past year, living in a geisha house (okiya), and participating in banquets as a trainee. She has been training in several arts, and will specialize in yokobue (Japanese flute).

Sayuki made her debut after a year of training which is normal timing in her district. Contrary to popular misconception, girls only do five years of training if they begin in Kyoto at 15. In most other districts in Japan, girls who begin as hangyoku or maiko begin at 18, so only do two or three years, and if they are older than 20, they normally debut as ippon-san or geisha. Whether one debuts as a maiko or hangyoku, or as a geisha, it is rarely done without a year or so of training.

Sayuki became a geisha initially with anthropological fieldwork in mind, but is currently planning to continue as an actively working geisha for some time.

Sayuki took an MBA at Oxford before turning to social anthropology, and specializing in Japanese culture. Sayuki has lectured at a number of universities around the world, and has published several books on Japanese culture. She is also an anthropological film director with credits on international broadcasters.

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TMCreation is a design studio run by Toshihiro Maruyama specializing in creating corporate identities. Toshihiro focuses on the visualization of conceptual ideas and is also a front-end web designer & developer with a background in sales and marketing. Currently he lives in the Gold Coast QLD in Australia and successfully works with clients both in Japan and Australia.

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2 Comments on "Now “” is sponsored by us"

  1. Robot Runner

    I’ve seen her article somewhere on the magazine before… Now her website has become more attractive and easier to navigate. Especially I like the colors!

  2. Toshi

    Thank you for your comment! Let’s support Sayuki:-)

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