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|Geshia & Maiko|
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|Sunday, 27 January 2008 08:31|
One of the most common images of Japan is the Geisha. Yet many people no very little about the Geisha. The Geisha life is a thing of mystery and fantasy. So read on to learn a little about this unknown world in Japan!
"Geisha," pronounced - "Gay Sha" (gei) meaning "art" and (sha) meaning "person" or "doer." A direct translation of geisha would be "artist" or "arts person"
Apprentice geisha are called maiko or (mai) meaning "dancing" and (ko) meaning "young girl" or "child" respectively. Maiko are the stereotypical looking geisha we imagine today. Wearing the White make up and elaborate hair wigs. The geisha do not wear white make and are more subtle in there appearance.
Geisha originated as skilled professional entertainers; originally most were male. Geisha used their skills in traditional Japanese arts, music, dance, and storytelling.
Traditionally, geisha began their training at a very young age. Some girls were sold to geisha houses as children, and began their training in various traditional arts almost immediately. During their childhood, geisha sometimes worked first as maids or assistants to experienced geisha, and then as apprentice geisha (maiko) during their training.
Modern geisha still live in traditional geisha houses called okiya in areas called hanamachi ( "flower towns"),
particularly during their apprenticeship, but many experienced geisha choose to live independently. The elegant, high-culture world that geisha are a part of is called kai ("the flower and willow world").
Kyoto is considered by many where the geisha tradition is the strongest today, including Gion Kobu. The geisha in these districts are known as geiko. The Tokyo hanamachi of Shimbashi, Asakusa and Kagurazaka are also well known.
Geisha do not marry, and those who do must retire from the profession. While geisha engagements may include flirting, this is not expected. A geisha is not paid for sex, though an individual geisha may as a matter of personal choice engage in sexual relations with one of her patrons outside the context of her role as a geisha.
Movies with Geisha
Sisters of the Gion (1936) - Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
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