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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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Posted on Monday February 19, 2018

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PG&E's (PCG) CEO Geisha Williams on Q4 2017 Results - Earnings ... - Seeking Alpha
Posted on Friday February 09, 2018


PG&E's (PCG) CEO Geisha Williams on Q4 2017 Results - Earnings ...
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PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) Q4 2017 Results Earnings Conference Call February 9, 2018 11:00 a.m. ET Executives Geisha Williams - Chief Executive Officer and.

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Kyoto geisha and their apprentices copy sutra - NHK WORLD
Posted on Wednesday January 31, 2018


Kyoto geisha and their apprentices copy sutra
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A group of geisha and their apprentices in Japan's ancient city of Kyoto have copied Buddhist scriptures to learn more about traditional culture. The annual training session was held in the temple Daikakuji on Wednesday. A foundation aimed at ...

Geisha girls in Kyoto copy Buddhist sutras | Euronews - euronews
Posted on Wednesday January 31, 2018


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Geisha girls in Kyoto copy Buddhist sutras | Euronews
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Using a brush and ink, the women wrote the Chinese characters in one of the famous Buddhist scriptures.

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Inject some OM-Geisha into your home with these exotic homewares - The Sun
Posted on Sunday February 11, 2018


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Inject some OM-Geisha into your home with these exotic homewares
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Inject some O-M-Geisha into your home with these exotic homewares. We look East to find bamboo accessories, deep red lacquer and charcoal tones that add an air of mystery and intrigue to any room. By Catherine Bennion-Pedley and Emma Gritt. 11th ...

Tea-like and Rare, San Antonians Can Now Splurge on This Pricy Coffee Varietal - San Antonio Current
Posted on Wednesday January 31, 2018


San Antonio Current

Tea-like and Rare, San Antonians Can Now Splurge on This Pricy Coffee Varietal
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Bringing the Geisha varietal to San Antonio, courtesy of Isetts, aligns with Grubbs' vision to work with growers who are constantly striving to develop the best coffee and push the limits of traditional growing methods. What makes the Geisha varietal ...

The Japanese Geisha's Guide To Anti-Ageing - Harper's BAZAAR
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The Japanese Geisha's Guide To Anti-Ageing
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You got the big prize!" She explained how ageing doesn't seem so bad if you just reframe the way you think about it. "We don't call these crow's feet—we call them laugh lines, because you've spent a lifetime laughing. These are smile lines, because ...

PG&E CEO Geisha Williams Highlights California's Clean Energy ... - Business Wire (press release)
Posted on Wednesday January 31, 2018


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PG&E CEO Geisha Williams Highlights California's Clean Energy ...
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In a keynote address today in New York City, PG&E Corporation President and CEO Geisha Williams offered a progress report on California's clean-en.

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Geisha of the early twentieth century in a provocative portraits. Photo ... - www.MICEtimes.asia (press release)
Posted on Sunday February 04, 2018


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Geisha of the early twentieth century in a provocative portraits. Photo ...
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For these black-and-white photos of geisha posed without a kimono and mostly with her hair instead of the traditional hairstyles. Unknown Japanese photographer who took these pictures in 1900-ies, must be preferred to admire the geisha, free from the ...

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New Barn Opera shows real promise - Rutland Herald
Posted on Sunday February 18, 2018


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New Barn Opera shows real promise
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Collier brought together a cast of some 10 professional singers, all Vermont residents and not a weak voice in the bunch, to sing Puccini's tragic tale of an innocent 15-year-old Japanese geisha conned into a sham marriage by an American naval officer ...

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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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