“Gion Beverly Hills”, a traditional Japanese teahouse coming in 2022 as a fully immersive and educational cultural experience

Gion Beverly Hills will aim to shatter the false stereotypes associated with the geisha.

BEVERLY HILLS, california, 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Starting February 14, 2022, Angelenos will enjoy a unique entertainment and cultural dining experience like never before in the United States.

Located at 420 N. Camden Drive in Beverly Hills, CA, Sprawling sean‘s Gion Beverly Hills will be a spellbinding Japanese Tea house* featuring the famous geisha from Tokyo, Japan.

With a mission to provide an authentic and encapsulated Japanese cultural and educational experience to its guests, Gion Beverly Hills will be the first American Japanese teahouse to have a trained and officiated legitimate geisha from the cultural emblem where the geisha is from. .

In fact, among the few survivors of Hanamachi (geisha region in Japan), the Gion district in Kyto is literally the most exclusive and well-known geisha region of all Japan, and why Sean is honored to pay homage to the country’s important culture by giving his teahouse his name.

Make history as the only male geisha in Japan, Sean is delighted to announce that Eitaro Matsunoya will be one of the geishas performing at Gion Beverly Hills; marking a real historical genesis of the presence of the geisha in United States. Trained to be a geisha by a highly regarded master of traditional Japanese dance and instruments in Tokyo, Eitaro has exercised his talents and his art for 20 years, to the delight of many audiences. With a studied effemicity, he has beautifully perfected the gestures and dances of the female trade and is an alluring portal to a rich history of non-normative gender expression in the Japanese performing arts.

“Eitaro is a rare find because he was trained with skills hundreds of years old that very few people in the world have had access to learn,” says Sean Sprawling, filmmaker and owner of Gion Beverly Hills. “I’m honored that Eitaro has agreed to be the subject of an upcoming documentary I’m working on, as well as to support me in this new endeavor as a cultural educator with Gion Beverly Hills. His story is very compelling; he is not a member of the LGBTQ + community, but plays a female role with no intention of breaking tradition, as this would not be allowed without the unique circumstances of his childhood. “

Sean continues, “I really can’t wait to share with the world the story of Eitaro and the arts that he has devoted years of his life to mastering. He is truly special, and it is an honor to see him. be part of Gion Beverly Hills. “

Those wishing to have this unique artistic dining experience will need to make a reservation through Gion Beverly Hills’ website (Coming soon). The menu will include premium Japanese cuisine, and there will also be traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, dances and shamisen* performances.

In addition, not only will guests indulge in the traditional entertainment of the famous Japanese geisha, but they will also be encapsulated by beautiful 3D mapping that features realistic and authentic projections of ancient Kyoto nature and its surroundings, immediately transporting them to the other side of the world. The menu and atmosphere of Gion Beverly Hills including the smells, decor and scenery will change with the Japanese seasons, so each time a person visits a different experience is sure to be felt.

Ultimately, Gion Beverly Hills’ goal is to change the perception and narrative of the geisha, as they are so often mistakenly portrayed as enslaved and sexualized beings. In Kyto dialect, Gei means “art”, while sha means “person”. Geishas are therefore highly skilled high-end masters in the art of entertainment, which preserves the Japanese traditions of hundreds of years ago.

Gion Beverly Hills promises to adhere to these classic Japanese standards and practices and looks forward to opening in February.

For more information on Gion BH or to interview owner Sean Sprawling, contact Eileen Koch from EKC PR, a full-service branding, marketing and public relations firm, at 310-441-1000 or [email protected].

* Tea house is a Japanese term that refers to a complete dining experience with a geisha and is not in the literal sense of a tea drinking experience.

* Shamisen is a traditional Japanese three-string instrument.

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