A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
Despite the word “ochaya” meaning “tea house” in Japanese, ochaya are establishments where entertainment, not tea, is served. We visited the Kaikaro Ochaya in Kanazawa and had the pleasure of learning about ochaya culture from proprietor Hanako Baba. Ochaya have historically been exclusive and discreet spaces where a loyal client base would go to watch geisha perform. But Hanako is adamant about sharing the culture with a wider public. Her seasonal events—open to all—have been imperative to keeping the ochaya culture thriving
Kanazawa's Kaikaro Ochaya - Produced by David Conover and Compass Light Productions
Visit Kaikaro ochaya in Kanazawa when you join O.A.T. for Japan’s Cultural Treasures.