Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world. I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha. Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.
Today’s Venice Video Episode: From LAX to Venice on Air France.
I started out in at Los Angeles International Airport, flew to Paris, changed planes and then on to Venice. There was a baggage handlers’ strike in Paris that day so my plane was late leaving LAX.
Fortunately for me, the Air France agent in LA, Fernando, changed my connecting flight to Venice for a later time and I made it to Venice with all my baggage intact. I was so relieved because my Japanese costume that I wore for La Biennale was in my packed bag.
My Italian bodyguard, Enrico Dal Bianco, met me at the Marco Polo Airport. He was tall, charming and spoke English (and helped me with my Italian). He made sure I got to my hotel in my own private boat taxi…
Video coming up next: Riding through the canals in my own private boat taxi!
February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”