G'Day Japan! The world of geisha is one steeped in mystery. The training of a geisha is a strict and demanding process, and the women who undergo this training are discouraged from revealing the secrets of this world to outsiders.
Lots of blond and buxom American and Europeans are imported for both hostess bars and strip joints, but only a pure bred Nippon Jin Japanese can be a Geisha do don't believe that Shirley MacClaine movie! Japanese actually take pride in their Geisha tradition. I'm not going to take a moral stand here, but will try to point out some interesting facts and thoughts that this quote from Marc Canter highlights.
Fresh snow dusts the narrow streets of Gion in Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, on a wintry December night, but inside the Harutomi ochaya tearoom all is warm feminine cheer. The small room in the city's old geisha district is a comforting fug of sake fumes, rustling silk and the mellifluous sing-song voices of three women who flit around the handful of male customers. Wrapped in lustrous patterned kimonos, black eyes framed in chalk-white faces under gaudy ornamental wigs, the two older geisha are mesmerising confections, moving with the graceful ease of dancers.
Japanese people, I am told, do not like talking about their geisha. The few I dared to ask, seemed visibly affronted by this line of questioning. Many haven't even seen a real geisha in their lives.
THE geisha who was the main source for Arthur Golden's best-selling Memoirs of a Geisha has hit back at what she claims are slurs on her profession by releasing her own memoirs. Mineko Iwasaki, now 52 and in retirement, published her book in Japan in order to dispel the idea that geisha are prostitutes, as she claims the original work had suggested. Memoirs of a Geisha portrays the struggle of Sayuri, a young girl, to become a geisha.
In the company of outsiders, Umechika is never off-duty. True to form, she needlessly compliments me on my Japanese and apologises for her "very poor" English. But when the small talk ends and conversation turns to the version of Japanese femininity she supposedly represents, the year-old sets about dismantling just about every geisha stereotype in the book.
At that time JulyShinbashi was considered ". The best Geisha district in all Japan The image captures, with both delicacy and accuracy, the facial lines and trademark expression that later made TERUHA one of the most sought-after Geisha in Tokyo during the last years of the Meiji-era.
One after another, they round the corner and shuffle into the room swiftly and quietly, only creating the slightest of sound as their tiny steps meet the tatami mat. The moment they enter, the atmosphere changes; their presence raises hairs on arms, and everyone immediately goes quiet, in awe of the beauty that has just arrived. On this particular evening, we are honored with the presence of two geiko and one maiko.
The world of the Japanese geisha is shrouded in myth, mystery, and misconception. Though nearly everybody will recognise their distinctive make-up, hairstyles, and elaborate kimono, surprisingly few people really understand the role of the geisha in Japanese society. A geisha is a hostess trained in conversation and the traditional arts — such as dance, classical music, calligraphy, and poetry. She is usually hired to attend parties, where she will joke, play games with, and generally interact with the traditionally male attendees, then perform traditional dance to the strains of a shamisen stringed instrument.