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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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The first colour photographs of Japan: enter a fascinating world of geisha and samurai - Telegraph.co.uk
Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017


Telegraph.co.uk

The first colour photographs of Japan: enter a fascinating world of geisha and samurai
Telegraph.co.uk
His images, all taken between 1864 and 1867, reveal a fascinating world of samurai warriors and geisha, peasants and courtesans. Here we present some of the most eye-catching, starting with this shot of Japanese craftsmen making hand painted lanterns.

Geisha taps Sapporo businesses to keep tradition alive - The Japan Times
Posted on Monday April 03, 2017


The Japan Times

Geisha taps Sapporo businesses to keep tradition alive
The Japan Times
SAPPORO – Sapporo's Susukino entertainment district used to host one of the nation's biggest red-light districts with more than 300 geisha in the 1950s. But with the burst of the bubble economy in the late 1980s dealing a heavy blow to the local ...

The Scientific Reason the Geishas In 'Ghost in the Shell' Creep You Out - Inverse
Posted on Friday March 31, 2017


Inverse

The Scientific Reason the Geishas In 'Ghost in the Shell' Creep You Out
Inverse
The most terrifying part of Ghost in the Shell isn't the vengeance of outdated robots but the unsettling presence of the robo-geishas. Wearing impassive white masks with dead eyes, they glide across white tiled floors and, when provoked, scuttle like ...

Betting Partners brands introduce Secrets of a Geisha online slot - Casino City Times (press release)
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Betting Partners brands introduce Secrets of a Geisha online slot
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Not-to-be-missed chance to watch Kyoto's geisha, 'maiko' perform - Asahi Shimbun
Posted on Friday March 31, 2017


Asahi Shimbun

Not-to-be-missed chance to watch Kyoto's geisha, 'maiko' perform
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The annual event held to herald the arrival of spring in the ancient capital is normally staged at the Gionkobu Kaburenjo theater in Gion, a traditional district that boasts numerous establishments where customers and tourists are entertained by geisha ...

The best Ghost in the Shell Easter eggs we could find (from the original anime and more) - GamesRadar
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The best Ghost in the Shell Easter eggs we could find (from the original anime and more)
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Here's What John Mayer Thinks a 'Disco Dojo' Looks Like - New York Magazine
Posted on Wednesday April 05, 2017


New York Magazine

Here's What John Mayer Thinks a 'Disco Dojo' Looks Like
New York Magazine
There are dancing kung-fu pandas, a bizarre opening sequence that's a cross between Madame Butterfly, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Kill Bill — and, yes, non-Asians in yellowface. Here are 11 of the most ridiculous moments from “Still Feel Like Your Man.” ...
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Cerita Istri Roby 'Geisha' Soal Mimpinya tentang Jupe
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Kondisi pedangdut Julia Perez atau Jupe yang masih belum stabil terus mendapatkan perhatian dari para sahabat dan rekan artis. Salah satunya musisi Roby 'Geisha' dan istrinya Cinta Ratu Nansya. Kemarin, Selasa (25/4), pasangan ini sempat ...
Roby "Geisha" Bawa Bunga Mawar untuk Julia PerezKOMPAS.com
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Roby Tegaskan Geisha Tak Akan Bubar
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Tapi sudah lah ya, sekadar gosip. Meskipun Momo di Malang, kami di Jakarta tapi progres album bagus. Tunggu saja kejutannya," tambah Roby Geisha. Seperti diketahui, Momo Geisha telah resmi dipersunting oleh pengusaha Nicola Reza Samudra pada 8 ...
Momo "Geisha" Akan Gelar Resepsi Ketiga di PekanbaruKOMPAS.com
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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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