A real geisha in training, known as a maiko, on her way to an engagement in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan.
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A real geisha in training, known as a maiko, on her way to an engagement in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan.

Geisha remain important to Japanese as numbers dwindle

Geisha are the embodiment of tradition, fantasy and art, drawing the fascination of Japanese and foreigners alike.

 Jim Williams, Karen Krieger and John Scales, all board members of the Yale Club of Pittsburgh.

Yale Wiffenpoofs perform at Pittsburgh Golf Club

The oldest collegiate a cappella group entertains Pittsburgh before embarking on world tour.

  • Setting the SEEN: Fashion on wheels, a salute to soldiers

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    Pittsburgh Social Exchange’s Salute Your Troops Gala

    More than $10,000 was raised on Wednesday to help support the Wounded Warrior Project.

     Gisele Fetterman poses for a portrait outside of Free Store, which she created in Braddock to help those in need receive new or gently used donated items. #SEENInspiring

    Free Store in Braddock a boon to residents

    Braddock’s Free Store is expanding to provide space for donated items to meet growing demand for clothing, supplies and food.


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    In Easter's honor, 2 more eggy recipes

    In the spirit of Easter, try these egg recipes: Angel Food Cake with Raspberry Sauce and Leeks Vinaigrette with Herbed Quail Eggs.

    Dine: Cookbooks teach home cooks best

    While searching for recipes online might be easy and quick, cookbooks fulfill another mission: They teach home cooks to cook.



    Emporio gives diners meatballs galore

    At the restaurant, he makes four types of meatballs -- classic beef, spicy pork, vegetarian and chicken -- as well as a meatball of the day.

    Dine: Four top Pittsburgh chefs get ready to fete culinary icon Thomas Keller

    What do you cook for Thomas Keller, one of the most recognizable chefs in the world? A Pittsburgh Botanic Garden gala will provide answers.


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    Travel Notes: Airlines offer bigger seats at a bigger cost

    Southwest, USAirways and other airlines are making room for comfort with bigger seating options.

    Apps help friends vacation together

    Two new travel apps are harnessing the power of Facebook to help friends spend some time together.



    Renaissance & Baroque and The Pittsburgh Camerata host 'Downtown/Dahntahn Abbey' event

    Guests mingled upstairs where wine and savories were served, and then wandered downstairs/dahntahn to enjoy beer and snacks.

    Pittsburgh Ballet hosts 'En Pointe: An Evening in Madrid'

    The Spanish-themed celebration featured tapas-style fare from Seviche and Flamenco dancing.



    Ukrainian orphan learned customs of her homeland when she came to Carnegie

    For Eryna Honchar, learning the ancient Ukrainian tradition of pysanky was about more than coloring Easter eggs.

    Program focuses on the children of Homewood

    The concept -- "it takes a village to raise a child" -- takes hold in Homewood to repair the neighborhood's social fabric.


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