Originally aired on Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Thursday 5 December 2013
For 400 years, no woman from the West had ever been allowed into the intriging world of Japanese geisha. But a woman from Melbourne with a PHD in Social anthropology from Oxford University, changed that. She is the first Western geisha. Her name is now Sayuki, which means transparent hapiness. Her love affair with the Japanese culture began when she was just 15 and travelled to Japan as an exchange student. In 2007, after long and intensive training, she became a geisha.