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June 10, 2022 
A Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, wearing a protective face shield, is seen at Nakamise... 
Tokyo, Japan 
Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, wearing a protective face shield, is seen at Asakusa... 
A Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, wearing a protective face shield, is seen at Nakamise street leading to Senso-ji temple at Asakusa district, a popular sightseeing spot, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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June 10, 2022 
A Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, covers her mouth using a paper fan as she chats... 
Tokyo, Japan 
Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, covers her mouth using a paper fan as she chats with... 
A Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, covers her mouth using a paper fan as she chats with people at Nakamise street leading to Senso-ji temple at Asakusa district, a popular sightseeing spot, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan, June 10, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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February 14, 2021 
A woman dressed as a geisha shows a census card to electoral workers at a polling station during regional... 
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A woman dressed as a geisha shows a census card to electoral workers at a polling station during regional election in Catalonia, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Barcelona, Spain, February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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December 03, 2020 
Mayu adjusts Koiku's kimono, both of who are geisha, as Koiku wears a protective face mask to pose for... 
Tokyo, Japan 
Pictures of the Year: COVID-19 
Mayu adjusts Koiku's kimono, both of who are geisha, as Koiku wears a protective face mask to pose for a photograph before working at a party being hosted by customers where they will entertain with other geisha, at luxury Japanese restaurant Asada, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "GLOBAL COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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November 18, 2020 
Koiku, who is a geisha, gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a... 
Tokyo, Japan 
Pictures of the Year 
Koiku, who is a geisha, gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "GLOBAL POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2020 PACKAGES. 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/JAPAN-GEISHA
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, the "big sister" of Tokyo's Akasaka geisha district, came to the capital to seek her fortune in... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Ikuko, the "big sister" of Tokyo's Akasaka geisha district, came to the capital to seek her fortune in 1964, the year Tokyo first hosted the Olympics. But the novel coronavirus pandemic has made her fear for her centuries-old profession as never before. Though the number of geisha - famed for their witty conversation, beauty and skill at traditional arts - has been falling for years, Ikuko and her colleagues were without work for months due to Japan's state of emergency and now operate under awkward social distancing rules. "There were more than 400 geisha in Akasaka when I came, so many I couldn't remember their names. But times changed," Ikuko, now 80, said. Only 20 remain, and there aren't enough engagements to take on new apprentices - especially now. Coronavirus-induced austerity has slashed expense accounts, and many people remain wary of spending hours in the elegant but closed traditional rooms where geisha entertain. Engagements are down 95 percent, and come with new rules: no pouring drinks for customers or touching them even to shake hands, and sitting 2 metres apart. Masks are hard to wear with their elaborate wigs, so they mostly don't. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku and Mayu, who are geisha, enter Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant where their customers are hosting... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku and Mayu, who are geisha, enter Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant where their customers are hosting a party, which they will be entertaining at with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. "We arrange things in the largest room possible", said Shota Asada, the owner of Asada. "Anything to keep this culture alive." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku and Maki, who are geisha, clean Ikuko's living room before they have lunch together at Ikuko's... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Koiku and Maki, who are geisha, clean Ikuko's living room before they have lunch together at Ikuko's home, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Restaurant staff wear protective face masks as they stand on the street with Ikuko as they wait for another... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Restaurant staff wear protective face masks as they stand on the street with Ikuko as they wait for another geisha to arrive outside Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, where the geisha will work at a party being hosted by customers, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku who is a geisha, gets into a taxi as she makes her way to work at a party being hosted by customers... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Koiku who is a geisha, gets into a taxi as she makes her way to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
A kimono dresser helps Koiku, who is a geisha, put on her kimono as Koiku gets ready at Ikuko's home... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
A kimono dresser helps Koiku, who is a geisha, put on her kimono as Koiku gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, Mayu, Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, have lunch together at Ikuko's home, during the coronavirus... 
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The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku, Mayu, Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, have lunch together at Ikuko's home, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku paints the back of Mayu's neck, both of whom are geisha, as they get ready at Ikuko's home to work... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Koiku paints the back of Mayu's neck, both of whom are geisha, as they get ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant, where they will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku paints the back of Mayu's neck, both of whom are geisha, as they get ready at Ikuko's home to work... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku paints the back of Mayu's neck, both of whom are geisha, as they get ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant, where they will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Senior geisha help Koiku put on a protective face mask to have a portrait photo taken of her wearing... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Senior geisha help Koiku put on a protective face mask to have a portrait photo taken of her wearing one for Reuters, before working at a party being hosted by customers, where she will entertain with other geisha, at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, wait for their customers, who are hosting a party at Asada, a luxury... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, wait for their customers, who are hosting a party at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, where they will entertain with other geisha, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, perform a dance routine for Reuters, as they wait for customers to arrive,... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, perform a dance routine for Reuters, as they wait for customers to arrive, who are hosting a party where they will be entertaining with other geisha, at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Makeup belonging to Maki, who is a geisha, is laid out as she gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Makeup belonging to Maki, who is a geisha, is laid out as she gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Kimonos that will be worn by Maki, Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, are hung up at Ikuko's home, in preparation... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Kimonos that will be worn by Maki, Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, are hung up at Ikuko's home, in preparation for a party that they will be working at later that day, hosted by their customers at a luxury restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, Maki, Ikuko and Mayu, who are geisha, perform a dance routine for Reuters, before they work at... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku, Maki, Ikuko and Mayu, who are geisha, perform a dance routine for Reuters, before they work at a party being hosted by customers at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu and Maki bow to Ikuko, who are all geisha, before making their way to work at a party being hosted... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mayu and Maki bow to Ikuko, who are all geisha, before making their way to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where they will be entertaining with other geisha, at Ikuko's home, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu and Ikuko, who are geisha, get ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mayu and Ikuko, who are geisha, get ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where they will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, who is a geisha, gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku, who is a geisha, gets ready at Ikuko's home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. "I thought it was a world you couldn't enter unless you started training in your teens", said Koiku. "Of course traditional Japanese dance is completely different from ballet, and it was very hard for me to follow at first. It's still hard for me now." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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July 16, 2020 
Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, wears a face mask as she walks down a flight of stairs at a studio,... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, wears a face mask as she walks down a flight of stairs at a studio, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, gets ready at her home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant,... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, gets ready at her home to work at a party being hosted by customers at a restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. "When you sit close, you can talk with feeling, your passion comes through", Ikuko said. "When you're two metres apart, conversation breaks down." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, who is a geisha, folds a traditional umbrella made out of oli paper, as she arrives at a restaurant... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Koiku, who is a geisha, folds a traditional umbrella made out of oli paper, as she arrives at a restaurant where she will work at a party hosted by her customers, where she will entertain, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu, a geisha, uses a tablet to film other geisha practising a dance routine during a dance class for... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mayu, a geisha, uses a tablet to film other geisha practising a dance routine during a dance class for geisha only, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2020. "I was just full of anxiety", said Mayu. "I went through my photos, sorted my kimonos... The thought of a second wave is terrifying." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Maki, Ikuko, Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, eat soba noodles at a restaurant after attending a dance... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Maki, Ikuko, Mayu and Koiku, who are geisha, eat soba noodles at a restaurant after attending a dance class, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Maki, Mayu, Koiku and Ikuko, who are geisha, wear protective face masks as they walk to a restaurant... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Maki, Mayu, Koiku and Ikuko, who are geisha, wear protective face masks as they walk to a restaurant after attending a dance class, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan. July 13, 2020. Ikuko fears an extended pandemic could prompt some geisha to quit. "Now is the worst of the worst", she said. "How are we going to get through? It'll take all of our body and soul." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Maki, Mayu, Ikuko and Koiku, who are geisha, greet Fujima Hideka, a dance master of Japanese traditional... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Maki, Mayu, Ikuko and Koiku, who are geisha, greet Fujima Hideka, a dance master of Japanese traditional dance, after attending a dance class for geisha only, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko and Koiku, who are geisha, wear causal clothes as they chat at a cafe, during the coronavirus disease... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Ikuko and Koiku, who are geisha, wear causal clothes as they chat at a cafe, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu, Maki and Koiku, who are all geisha, practice a dance routine during a class for geisha only, during... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Mayu, Maki and Koiku, who are all geisha, practice a dance routine during a class for geisha only, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 13, 2020. "Sometimes we're so busy we go straight to practice without any sleep, but those times are way better than this", Mayu said. "When you have lots of time, you don't do anything." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, combs her wig in her living room as she gets ready to work at a party being hosted... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, combs her wig in her living room as she gets ready to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. "There were more than 400 geisha in Akasaka when I came, so many I couldn't remember their names. But times changed", said Ikuko. Only 20 remain, and there aren't enough engagements to take on new apprentices - especially now. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, sits in front of a mirror in her living room as she gets ready to work at a party... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Ikuko, who is a geisha, sits in front of a mirror in her living room as she gets ready to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where she will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Shoichi Sanagashi, a kimono dresser, wears a protective face mask as he dresses Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Shoichi Sanagashi, a kimono dresser, wears a protective face mask as he dresses Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, before Hanasaki is recorded dancing for a film supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan government in order to support artists during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mayu adjusts Koiku's kimono, both of who are geisha, as Koiku wears a protective face mask to pose for... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mayu adjusts Koiku's kimono, both of who are geisha, as Koiku wears a protective face mask to pose for a photograph, before working at a party being hosted by customers, where they will entertain with other geisha, at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. "My father really didn't understand geisha, he thought it was like the sex trade. He opposed me so violently I thought it would tear the family apart", said Mayu. "After six years I just gave up and left", she added. "When he saw our first performance, and how hard we work, he came backstage and went to his knees and bowed really low ... Now he's a huge fan." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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July 16, 2020 
Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, poses for a photograph behind a laptop playing a musical performance... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, poses for a photograph behind a laptop playing a musical performance which was filmed in advance in order to avoid physical contact, to accompany Hanasaki's dance performance for a film being made that is supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan government in order to support artists during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, sits in her home as she speaks on the phone, during the coronavirus (COVID-19)... 
Tokyo, Japan 
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Ikuko, who is a geisha, sits in her home as she speaks on the phone, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, July 11, 2020. "Our income has been down to zero", Ikuko said. "I have a bit of wherewithal, but it's been very hard for the younger ones. The geisha association has helped with rent." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, who is a geisha, wears a protective face mask to pose for a photograph, before working at a party... 
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The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku, who is a geisha, wears a protective face mask to pose for a photograph, before working at a party being hosted by customers, where she will entertain with other geisha, at Asada, a luxury Japanese restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, performs a dance routine for a film supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, performs a dance routine for a film supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan government in order to support artists during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, June 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, wears an apron printed with Kumamon, a mascot created by the government of the... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Ikuko, who is a geisha, wears an apron printed with Kumamon, a mascot created by the government of the Kumamoto Prefecture where she was born, before working at a party being hosted by customers, where she will entertain with other geisha at Asada, a luxury restaurant, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Koiku, Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, get into a taxi as they make their way to work at a party being... 
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The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Koiku, Maki and Ikuko, who are geisha, get into a taxi as they make their way to work at a party being hosted by customers at a luxury restaurant, where they will be entertaining with other geisha, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. 
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July 16, 2020 
Mitsunaga Kanda, a makeup artist and Yurie Hatanaka, a wig stylist, wear protective face masks and face... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Mitsunaga Kanda, a makeup artist and Yurie Hatanaka, a wig stylist, wear protective face masks and face shields as they work on Tokijyo Hanasaki, a jiutamai dancer, before he dances for a film being made that is supported by the Tokyo Metropolitan government in order to support artists during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a studio in Tokyo, Japan, June 29, 2020. "Every single one of my events has been cancelled", said Kanda. "We touch their skin and their face, all over, and while we don't talk we're very close - something we're very aware of now." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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July 16, 2020 
Ikuko, the "big sister" of Tokyo's Akasaka geisha district, came to the capital to seek her fortune in... 
Tokyo, Japan 
The Wider Image: "It'll take all of our body and soul" - geisha struggle to survive in the shadow of... 
Ikuko, the "big sister" of Tokyo's Akasaka geisha district, came to the capital to seek her fortune in 1964, the year Tokyo first hosted the Olympics. But the novel coronavirus pandemic has made her fear for her centuries-old profession as never before. Though the number of geisha - famed for their witty conversation, beauty and skill at traditional arts - has been falling for years, Ikuko and her colleagues were without work for months due to Japan's state of emergency and now operate under awkward social distancing rules. "There were more than 400 geisha in Akasaka when I came, so many I couldn't remember their names. But times changed," Ikuko, now 80, said. Only 20 remain, and there aren't enough engagements to take on new apprentices - especially now. Coronavirus-induced austerity has slashed expense accounts, and many people remain wary of spending hours in the elegant but closed traditional rooms where geisha entertain. Engagements are down 95 percent, and come with new rules: no pouring drinks for customers or touching them even to shake hands, and sitting 2 metres apart. Masks are hard to wear with their elaborate wigs, so they mostly don't. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "GEISHA COVID-19" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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June 28, 2019 
A maiko (apprentice geisha) attends a cultural exhibition at G20 leaders summit venue in Osaka, Japan,... 
Osaka, Japan 
A maiko (apprentice geisha) attends a cultural exhibition at G20 leaders summit venue in Osaka 
A maiko (apprentice geisha) attends a cultural exhibition at G20 leaders summit venue in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon 
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October 30, 2018 
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, attend a ceremony celebrating the departure of the... 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, attend a ceremony celebrating the departure of the... 
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, attend a ceremony celebrating the departure of the squid fishing ships at a port in Sakata, Japan, June 6, 2018. Picture taken June 6, 2018. To match Special Report OCEANS-TIDE/FLYING SQUID REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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May 24, 2018 
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the... 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the... 
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview of the annual... 
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Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the... 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview of the annual... 
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Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview of the annual... 
Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the... 
Geishas, traditional Japanese female entertainers, perform their dance during a press preview of the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview at the annual... 
Geisha, a traditional Japanese female entertainer, performs a dance during a press preview at the annual Azuma Odori Dance Festival at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Tokyo, Japan May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato 
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