Geisha and beer gardens???

Say the word geisha and images of beautiful kimono-clad women serving green tea, reciting poetry and playing classical instruments may spring to mind.

In Japan, outsiders typically pay hundreds of pounds to spend several hours with geisha in tea-houses, with activities including artful conversation, and dancing.

But a downturn in the global economy appears to be forcing the world of geisha to seek more enterprising – and cheaper – ways of earning a living by setting up geisha beer gardens.

Read the rest of the story: Struggling geisha swap tea and poetry for a glass of beer.

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