Michiko Maeda, 65, one of Chacha’s online female guests, said the new format had encouraged her to experience the traditional entertainment.
“I think many people feel that geisha entertainment is not really for women,” she said.
“But once you know women can also enjoy it, intially online, I think more of us will go and visit Hakone geisha parlors. Right, everyone?” she said, as other female guests nodded in agreement on the split-screen.
Chacha acknowledges the new technology “allows people overseas and those who cannot physically visit Hakone to meet me”.
But she is hoping for a return to tradition when the rules allow.
“Someday I want them to come here, see our performance live and interact with us for real. That is what I truly wish for.”
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