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Taking up herewith interesting articles by Asahi Weekly .

Taking up herewith interesting articles by Asahi Weekly .
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Geishas Survive by Mixing the Old and the New Traditions
By Hiroshi Matsubara, Asahi Weekly

The dim-and-sedate atmosphere of a posh bar nestled on a narrow alley in the Kagurazaka nightlife district in Tokyo suddenly comes alive when hostess Chika walks in from a ryotei restaurant at about 9:30 p.m.
As one of the fewer than 30 remaining geishas in Kagurazaka, Chika spends hours practicing classical Japanese dance every morning. At night, she wines and dines her patrons, including even members of high society, at area ryoteis. ...Full story>>

TRAVELBerchtesgaden, GERMANY
By Joseph A. Lieberman, Photojournalist
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With pink pig cars lined up behind them, the clown wearing baggy pants was arguing with the silver-faced officer. Nearby, an organ grinder cranked out some music.
This was the scene at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where a Greenpeace team was recently protesting Germany's oil policies. It looked absurd, but Berlin has always had a reputation for being out of the ordinary. The year 2009 is special in another way, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a Cold War symbol that from 1961 until 1989 divided the city. ...Full story>>
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By T.S. on 29 Jan., 2009

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