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Geisha. Traditional, female Japanese entertainers perform various Japanese arts Geisha means ‘art’. History. 1688-1704 Geisha: Serving purpose Geishas who performed art ( 藝能 ) vs. The Yoo Nyos ( 遊女 ) 1940, Geisha houses became illegal. Geisha became popular among Westerners

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Geisha

Geisha

Traditional, female Japanese entertainers

perform various Japanese arts

Geisha means ‘art’


History

History

  • 1688-1704

  • Geisha: Serving purpose

  • Geishas who performed art (藝能) vs. The Yoo Nyos (遊女)

  • 1940, Geisha houses became illegal.

  • Geisha became popular among Westerners

    • Created art work with Geisha

  • Geisha is the symbol of Japan


Training terms

Training (Terms)

  • Trained in Okiya (置屋) (geisha houses)

  • Atotori (跡取り): geisha house’s heir

  • Shikomi (醜女)

    • Work as maids

    • Go to geisha school

  • Take difficult dance, art exam-> Minarai (見習い)

    • Housekeeping duties

    • Conversation skills


Maiko

Maiko

  • Apprentice geisha

  • Wear brightly colored and ornately decorated Kimono

    • Usually Red and White

  • Has own way to decorate their hair

  • Takes years to graduate

  • Onee-sang (お兄さん) (sister;seniors) teach maiko (舞子)

    • Serving tea, playing shamisen (三味線), dance, casual talk (flirting) in old style dialect


Mineko iwasaki

Mineko Iwasaki

Japan’s No.1 Geisha

Started training when 5 years old

Became Geisha 15

Age 21, earned reputation as Japan’s best dancer and best Geisha

Entertained Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles from UK

Retire at the age 29

Book, Memoirs of a Geisha


Bibliography mla

Bibliography (MLA)

"Maiko." Whatever. 1 June 2008 <http://www.whatever.net.au/~amaya/geisha/maiko.htm>.

"Geisha." Wikipedia. 10 June-July 2008. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 1 June 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geisha>.

"Geisha." Naver. 12 Feb. 2003. 1 June 2008 <http://kin.naver.com/detail/detail.php?d1id=6&dir_id=6&eid=CNCVWICYTpDdR7XAvquDEwBcrDy2ZydY&qb=sNTAzLv+&pid=fv1VQdoQsDVssvokSN0sss--472862&sid=SD1sfZYfPUgAADobUlE>.

Aihara, Kyoko. "Immortal Geisha." Immortal Geisha. 2006. 1 June 2008 <http://www.immortalgeisha.com/>.


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