My former onesan, Geisha Masumi Manamiko is one of the most imaginative and skilled producers of geisha shows in Second Life. Her hallmark is a strong underlying theme, attention to detail and flawless execution. Yesterday, she produced a show at the Japan Shubu theater (part of the Hosoi Ichiba sim complex) and featuring the Nananoshima Okiya geishas. The show commemorated the opening of the Matsumoto Castle.
Here are the program notes: “Japanese castles are beautiful & filled with history. In the 15th century the country had fallen into the chaotic era of warring states. Dozens of small independent states were fighting each other & small castles have been built on top of mountains. A century later a central authority has been established over Japan & larger castles built in plains. They served as a region’s headquarters & centers of castle towns. They consisted of 3 rings of defense. The impressive Matsumoto Castle is typically one of them. Today Matsumoto is an important scenic place in Japan & many festivals are held there throughout the year.”
The theater was located across the latest addition to the Hosoi complex and when seen in the setting of the surrounding sims, this is one of the most amazing sites in all of Second Life.
If you’ve never attended a classic geisha show, they include music, dancing and story telling. Typically, they last for one hour, so always arrive on time.