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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.

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 Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969




News About the Geisha

Netflix is making a series about Kyoto geisha directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda - Time Out
Posted on Wednesday January 19, 2022

Netflix is making a series about Kyoto geisha directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda  Time Out

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Posted on Thursday December 30, 2021

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The Niigata Geigi: Japan's 'other' geishas - BBC News
Posted on Wednesday October 13, 2021

The Niigata Geigi: Japan's 'other' geishas  BBC News

Last of Tokyo's geishas cling to a disappearing trade - CNN
Posted on Thursday August 05, 2021

Last of Tokyo's geishas cling to a disappearing trade  CNN

The Rolls Royce of coffee - Hotel ME News
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