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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

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Golden illustrates strong women in relevant way - Santa Fe New Mexican
Posted on Thursday November 23, 2017


Santa Fe New Mexican

Golden illustrates strong women in relevant way
Santa Fe New Mexican
Geisha: a prostitute, dancer, entertainer — and artist. Arthur Golden in his 1997 novel Memoirs of a Geisha, defines what it meant to be a geisha during the the 18th century. The novel commences with an interview, taking us back to the early childhood ...

Is it Geisha or Gesha? If Anything, It's Complicated - Daily Coffee News
Posted on Thursday November 09, 2017


Daily Coffee News

Is it Geisha or Gesha? If Anything, It's Complicated
Daily Coffee News
First, for the uninitiated, a little history: Geisha/Gesha is a variety — or is it a cultivar? — of coffee, thought to have originated among the many various native strains of Arabica found in Ethiopia, which is the birthplace of the species. The ...

Geisha-Loans Bank Outshines Japan's Behemoth Lenders ... - Bloomberg
Posted on Thursday October 26, 2017


Bloomberg

Geisha-Loans Bank Outshines Japan's Behemoth Lenders ...
Bloomberg
Kikuno Kashima, a Tokyo geisha, couldn't get a bank loan to open a club for her patrons and select guests until a tiny credit union agreed to lend her the money.

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Robbing Geisha in the entertainingly rubbish Way of the Samurai 4 - PC Gamer
Posted on Monday November 06, 2017


PC Gamer

Robbing Geisha in the entertainingly rubbish Way of the Samurai 4
PC Gamer
Eventually I'm let loose on the town. I find a thief casing a nearby house, and he offers me a job stealing from a geisha by bumping into her when she's not looking. This is the sort of bullshit minigame that I was hoping for, and I eagerly accept. I ...

One of the world's most exclusive coffee beans, a wood cellar, & New Belgium Geisha - Beer Street Journal
Posted on Friday November 03, 2017


Beer Street Journal

One of the world's most exclusive coffee beans, a wood cellar, & New Belgium Geisha
Beer Street Journal
There are a lot of elements at play in this La Folie Grand Reserve release. First, the name “Geisha”. It comes from the highly sought after Geisha coffee bean that hails from Ethiopia. It found international fame after the bean was imported to Panama ...

Would you pay $85 for a cup of Geisha coffee? - The Straits Times
Posted on Saturday October 28, 2017


The Straits Times

Would you pay $85 for a cup of Geisha coffee?
The Straits Times
The Coffee Academics will be serving one of the world's most expensive cups of coffee - a pour-over filter coffee made with Geisha Arabica beans from Hacienda La Esmeralda's Canas Verdes farm in Panama. Expect flavours of lychee, peach and jasmine.

New Belgium Releasing La Folie Sour with Famed Esmeralda Geisha - Daily Coffee News
Posted on Monday October 30, 2017


Daily Coffee News

New Belgium Releasing La Folie Sour with Famed Esmeralda Geisha
Daily Coffee News
The Panama Geisha variety — and the famed Peterson family-owned farm Hacienda La Esmeralda that has brought it much notoriety over the past decade ...
New Belgium Announces La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale ...TheFullPint.com
We Drank the World's Most Expensive Cup of Coffee – Robb ReportRobb Report

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Tokyo teenager gets her wish in 'maiko' geisha debut in Nagoya - Asahi Shimbun
Posted on Sunday November 05, 2017


Asahi Shimbun

Tokyo teenager gets her wish in 'maiko' geisha debut in Nagoya
Asahi Shimbun
NAGOYA--Dressed in a kimono called “ohikizuri,” whose bottom is made so long that it drags on the floor, an 18-year-old girl from Tokyo is living her dream as a "maiko" apprentice geisha here. Under the name Makoto, Yuri Akaishi became the first maiko ...

This is what it's like to taste the most expensive coffee in North America - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017


Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

This is what it's like to taste the most expensive coffee in North America
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
It starts with the smell — fruity notes that don't typically accompany a cup of black coffee. Then there's the color, which isn't really black at all. Melted caramel ...

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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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