Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is For Geisha

 Geisha are traditional female Japanese entertainers whose skills include classical music, dance and games.  There is so much here to be fascinated with that it's like being a kid in a candy store...you don't know where to look first.  I learned some really neat stuff and I think there are great stories there.

The most interesting thing I learned is that there is (like most things) a process of apprenticeship for becoming a a geisha.  As, they progress towards becoming a full geisha their dress, hairstyle and makeup all become simpler.   Other things I learned are:

1) There were (and still are a few) male geisha.

2) Geisha must retire if they marry.  

Geisha can work well into later life which is just fascinating to me as I said. 

4 comments:

  1. Geishas have always fascinated me that they are still such an intimate part of the Japanese culture.

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  2. I agree with Linda. I was unfamiliar until I saw Memoirs of a Geisha, and since then I have been fascinated with this life!

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  3. There is such an elegance in the Geisha. I'm sure there is so much that we don't know that has been lost over the ages.
    hopeful for spring

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  4. Their artistry in everything they do has always fascinated me. And there's so much to learn about them. The kimono alone could engross me for months!

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