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  • on February 24, 2011
  • Category: College Admissions
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A very important part of Japanese culture is the Geisha, well known as a beautiful sophisticated woman who performs many different artistic talents for those who are wealthy in society. The word Geisha means “arts person”. The art of a Geisha began as far back as the 11th century, which was around their heyday and still exists in Japanese culture. Many people in the Japanese society today have never seen a geisha; apparently they are hard to come by. Women who become or have became Geisha spend many years of training to master their wide variety of talents which include dance, music, entertainment, calligraphy, and conversation. In this paper we will cover the history of Geisha, which will include training, lifestyle, makeup, dress, hairstyle, and sex life.
      Geisha begin their training at very young age. The first stage of training is called shikomi. When girls first arrive, they are put to work as maids, required to do any necessary tasks they are asked to complete. The work is difficult with the intent to “make” and “break” the new girls. During this stage of training, the shikomi would go to classes at the Geisha school. In today’s training this stage still exists to accustom the girls to the traditional dialect, traditions and dress. Once the recruit becomes familiar with the Geisha arts and passes a final, she would be promoted to the second stage of training called the Minarai, which focuses closely on training in the field. Their kimono, more outgoing than a Maiko’s, are intended to do the talking for them, which makes a perfect escorts for parties. Minarai generally work with a particular teahouse. These techniques are not taught in school, such as conversation and gaming can only be perfected by practice. This stage lasts only about a month or so. After a short period of time, the third and most famous stage of training would begin, called maiko. Maiko are apprentice Geisha and this stage can last up to five years. Maiko learn from their senior...

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