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About the Japanese Geisha

Cultural icons of Japan, the life and practice of a geisha is considered one of most admirable of trades.

What is a Geisha? One way to think of the cultural role of the geisha is as the western equivalent of a movie star sex symbol - such as Marilyn Monroe - for she is the female ideal, the fantasy, the ultimate sex tease... The famous geisha, Mineko Iwasaki, said that the "geisha is like a flower, beautiful in her own way, and like a willow tree, gracious, flexible, and strong." But simply put, a geisha is a traditional Japanese entertainer/companion.

Geisha are skilled artists, trained in being gracious ritual hostesses whose evening actions usually include enacting a tea ceremony, witty conversation, and the performing of music and dance. The trainees for these artistic roles, who are all single women, must learn the old customs that go with these arts and to some extent give up the trappings of modern life. While some elements may sound frivolous, the training and life of a Geisha is far from easy and it is considered a great honor and achievement to become a Geiko (geisha). Beyond the arts, one of most important quality of a geisha is her trustworthiness.

As already mentioned, Geisha are expected to be single women; those who choose to marry must retire from the profession. Although a geisha is free to pursue personal relationships with any of the men she meets through her work, generally, such relationships are carefully chosen and unlikely to be casual. So individual Geisha girls may have lovers or boyfriends whom they have personally picked, who support them financially.

Geisha girls are speculated by outside observers to be largely responsible for the continuing confusion in the West that all geisha are engaged in prostitution. Instead, their performances are not about sex, per se, but represent an ideal or a fantasy of pleasure. Geisha are professionals who are essentially performing, keeping up an illusion of personal hospitality, providing song, food and stimulating conversation. Geisha often spend part of their day reading up on current events and researching guests they plan to entertain. Such clients maybe high-profile politicians or businessmen seeking the relaxation from evening of unfettered companionship.


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Historically, geisha often began the earliest stages of their training at a very early age, sometimes as young as 3 or 5 years old. Today, the training does not start so young - Japanese women begin their training after middle school, high school, even college. But it does take time and entails much more than wearing decorative kimonos, donning a wig and thick white make-up. This traditional make-up of the apprentice geisha is one of their most recognizable characteristics, though established geisha generally only wear full white face makeup characteristic of maiko during special performances. Ironically, modern geisha often learn computer skills or English conversation to be more at ease with English speaking customers who visit Japan.

While traditionally geisha may have led a cloistered existence, in recent years they have become more publicly visible. And their entertainment services are now available without requiring the traditional introduction and connections.

Geisha have always played a key role in preserving the arts of Japan. A great geisha will have an uncanny ability to light up a party and to understand and prize the art of conversation. Geisha have sometimes been confused with the traditional high-class courtesans called oiran, but that is not the case. Geisha may gracefully flirt with their guests, but they will always remain in control of the hospitality.

Renowned throughout the world as purveyors of beauty, mystery, and allure, geisha have come to represent the epitome of Japanese elegance and chic. Geisha can be found in several cities across Japan, including Tokyo and Kanazawa, but the former capital of Kyoto remains the best and most prestigious place to experience geisha, who are known there in the local dialect as geiko.

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News About the Geisha

The truth about modern day geishas - Fox News
Posted on Friday June 16, 2017


Fox News

The truth about modern day geishas
Fox News
Westerners think they know all about geishas, those delicate Japanese women with their virgin milky white faces accented by a jarring pop of red lipstick, their feet sitting in clacking wooden sandals and their bodies wrapped in kimonos that cost more ...

PG&E's Bolt of Energy - Fortune
Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017


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PG&E's Bolt of Energy
Fortune
Even at age 5, Geisha understood there was little time for questions, and none for packing toys or books. They would leave their government-owned apartment with whatever they could carry, with just enough time for her dad to visit his parents and say ...

Pet of the Week: Geisha - WTNH.com - WTNH Connecticut News (press release)
Posted on Friday May 26, 2017


WTNH Connecticut News (press release)

Pet of the Week: Geisha - WTNH.com
WTNH Connecticut News (press release)
This week's Pet of the Week is a very sweet American Pit Bull Terrier mix named Geisha.

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The Extraction is Growing California Geisha with Jason Mraz - Daily Coffee News
Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017


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The Extraction is Growing California Geisha with Jason Mraz
Daily Coffee News
Do you ever get the impression that some debates in the coffee world will live forever? We've got a lovely little debate conversation happening right now in the comments section of a post published earlier this week on the potential reimagining of ...

Sự thật về geisha thời hiện đại - Du lịch - Zing.vn - Zing.vn
Posted on Tuesday June 20, 2017


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Sự thật về geisha thời hiện đại - Du lịch - Zing.vn
Zing.vn
Các geisha thường hiện ra với hình ảnh những phụ nữ Nhật tinh tế có khuôn mặt trắng sứ, môi đỏ, đi guốc gỗ và mặc những bộ kimono còn đắt hơn cả một ...
Người đàn ông phục vụ gần 100 geisha ở Kyoto - Ngôi saoNgôi Sao (lời châm biếm, lời chế nhạo) (lời tuyên bố phát cho các báo) (sự đăng ký) (Blog)

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Fashion Offenders This Week: Pooja Hegde as a Geisha, Neha Dhupia in a dressy mess, Kriti Sanon in bling ... - Bollywood Life
Posted on Friday May 26, 2017


Bollywood Life

Fashion Offenders This Week: Pooja Hegde as a Geisha, Neha Dhupia in a dressy mess, Kriti Sanon in bling ...
Bollywood Life
Coco Chanel certainly said it right, “Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway.” Fashion inevitably dictates our world. Tinsel town denizens ardently shoulder the responsibility of doling out fashion sensibilities to mere mortals like us ...

Geisha (T.1) - l'avenir.net
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Geisha (T.1)
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Début du XXe siècle. Tsuda Setsuko, 7 ans, quitte sa campagne pour une ville portuaire où son père espère faire fortune. Mais un accident va tout gâcher, et contraindre celui-ci à céder sa fille aînée à une maison de geishas, contre monnaie sonnante et ...

Finca Santa Teresa: Coffee on the crest of a wave - The Week UK
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Finca Santa Teresa: Coffee on the crest of a wave
The Week UK
The coffee Wierzbicki is referring to is the Panama geisha, the world's most expensive coffee bean renowned for a delicate, floral taste that is lacking in the bitterness usually associated with the drink. It originated in Ethiopia, but has found its ...

The Bizarre Story Of The Woman Who Cut Off Her Lover's Penis & Carried It With Her Under Her Kimono - moviepilot.com
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The Bizarre Story Of The Woman Who Cut Off Her Lover's Penis & Carried It With Her Under Her Kimono
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Sada Abe had a pleasant childhood but rocky teenage years; she was raped by an acquaintance at 14, and her parents sold her to a geisha house. After 14 years as a sex worker, enduring bad relationships and contracting syphilis, Abe switched careers to ...

Il fascino della geisha riprodotto dai professionisti di Nouvelle ... - Ilikepuglia
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Il fascino della geisha riprodotto dai professionisti di Nouvelle ...
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How To Find A Geisha In Japan

These days, geisha are more a symbol of Japanese tradition than a part of everyday life. Even at the peak of their popularity and prevalence (ending roughly a hundred years ago), they were not accessible to most ordinary Japanese men because of their expense, but in the twenty first century the number of people who use…



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