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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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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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Stylish Or Foolish? Spanish Actress Steps On Cannes Red Carpet Dressed As An African Geisha - MadameNoire
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017


MadameNoire

Stylish Or Foolish? Spanish Actress Steps On Cannes Red Carpet Dressed As An African Geisha
MadameNoire
What my eyes have seen I just can't keep to myself, folks. So, in advance, I apologize. There I was, minding my business, looking through a particular photo agency's images to figure out if people of color hit the red carpet for the Cannes film ...

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


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Fashion Offenders This Week: Pooja Hegde as a Geisha, Neha Dhupia in a dressy mess, Kriti Sanon in bling ...
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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 ...

To advance, PG&E's new chief asked 'why not me?' - San Francisco Business Times
Posted on Thursday May 04, 2017


San Francisco Business Times

To advance, PG&E's new chief asked 'why not me?'
San Francisco Business Times
Geisha Williams came to the U.S. from Cuba with her parents in 1967 when she was 5. After eventually moving to Miami, where she attended college and earned an engineering degree, she started working for the local power company and she “fell in love ...

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Kyoto geisha and maiko yatsuhashi sweets are the latest food craze to hit the ancient capital - SoraNews24
Posted on Thursday May 18, 2017


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Kyoto geisha and maiko yatsuhashi sweets are the latest food craze to hit the ancient capital
SoraNews24
When our Japanese-language reporter visited the store, there were two special sweet sets on offer: the Kamogawa Odori, inspired by the annual spring dance of the same name, which showcases the geisha and maiko from the Pontocho district of Kyoto, and ...

Café geisha natural marca récord en cata en Panamá - El Nuevo Diario
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El Nuevo Diario

Café geisha natural marca récord en cata en Panamá
El Nuevo Diario
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Forget 'cultural appropriation' -- it's about censorship - Toronto Sun
Posted on Wednesday May 17, 2017


Toronto Sun

Forget 'cultural appropriation' -- it's about censorship
Toronto Sun
That said, it's understandable why many indigenous people see the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo as an insult, or Victoria's Secret using Native-American style headdresses on its models, or Katy Perry aping a geisha at the AMAs, or Miley Cyrus ...

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"Geisha ou le jeu du shamisen", une plongée en BD dans la prostitution à la japonaise - Franceinfo
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Franceinfo

"Geisha ou le jeu du shamisen", une plongée en BD dans la prostitution à la japonaise
Franceinfo
Christian Perrissin et Christian Durrieux signent un roman graphique qui fait le récit en noir et blanc de la vie d'une petite fille vendue par son père à une maison de geishas au début du XXe siècle, durant l'ère Taisho. Très cinématographique ...

TOWIE star Megan McKenna sports a silky figure-enhancing trouser suit as she's supported by best pal Amber Turner ... - Daily Mail
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TOWIE star Megan McKenna sports a silky figure-enhancing trouser suit as she's supported by best pal Amber Turner ...
Daily Mail
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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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