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Hello guys, I have put off the updating of the blog

Hello again guys,Rory here

I am going to pursue other things right now,

My Full Time Project is:

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Anyone interesting updating this blog, please contact me

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Memoirs of a Geisha: Sheds light on lifestyles on Geishas.

Ziyi Zhang, whom first appeared the hit buddy comedy Rush Hour 2 and also The House Of the Flying Daggers. Now stars in Memoirs of a Geisha.

Which have now grossed over $69 million worldwide.

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Is there a difference between Geiko and Geisha?

Whist their appearances are very similar, the main difference between Geiko and Geisha is largely their location, and also certain customs and traditions.

The word “Geiko” derives from the Kyoto dialect of the word and is generally used to refer to those from the Kyoto hanamachi.

The word “Geisha“, which is the more well known version of the word, is actually the Tokyo dialect for “Geiko”. It was primarily used by geisha of Tokyo and surrounding areas, but it is now used as the general term to talk about all geisha. It is also the word most recognized by foreigners than what “Geiko” is.

Unfortunately there is very little literature about modern day Tokyo geisha and hangyoku and their customs and traditions. There is also very little literature about other geisha that reside around the rest of Japan.

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What is a Maiko?

The word Maiko literally translates to “dancing child” (mai = dance, ko = child), but is also referred to as “dancing girl”. A Maiko is an apprentice Geisha who must must undergo a period of training that generally takes 5 years, where she learns the various “gei” (arts) such as dancing, singing, music etc before she becomes a Geisha.

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3 comments December 24, 2005 geishalifestyles

The Process of becoming a Geisha?

The course of study traditionally starts from a young age and encompasses a wide variety of arts, including musical instruments (particularly the shamisen), traditional forms of singing, traditional dance, tea ceremony, flower arranging , poetry and literature. Ikebana is not traditionally encouraged, however, because the role of a geisha is that of a performer. Ikebana has little or no entertainment value. By watching and assisting senior geisha, the students became skilled in the complex traditions surrounding selecting, matching, and wearing precious kimono, in various games and the art of conversation, and in dealing with clients.

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Once a woman became an apprentice geisha (a maiko) she would begin to accompany senior geisha to the tea houses, parties and banquets that constitute a geisha’s work environment. To some extent, this traditional method of training persists, though it is of necessity foreshortened. Modern geisha are no longer bought by or brought into geisha houses as children. Becoming a geisha is now entirely voluntary. Most geisha now begin their training in their late teens.

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Are Geishas, Prostitutes?

Strictly speaking, geisha are not prostitutes. Because they entertain men behind closed doors in an exclusive manner, there has been much speculation about the underpinnings of their profession. The confusion that surrounds this issue has been complicated by Japanese prostitutes who wish to co-opt the prestige of the geisha image, and by inaccurate depictions of geisha in Western popular culture. Although a geisha may choose to engage in sexual relations with one of her patrons, geisha engagements will never involve sex.

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What is a Geisha?

Geisha meaning person of the arts are traditional Japanese artist-entertainers. The word Geiko is also used to describe such persons. Geisha were very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, and are still in existence today, although their numbers are dwindling. “Geisha,” pronounced /ˈgeɪ ʃa/ (“gay-sha”) is the most familiar term to English speakers, and the most commonly used within Japan as well, but in the Kansai region the terms geigi and, for apprentice geisha, “Maiko” have also been used since the Meiji Restoration. The term maiko is only used in Kyoto districts..Geisha-lifestyles-1.gif

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Geisha were traditionally trained from young childhood. Geisha houses often bought young girls from poor families, and took responsibility for raising and training them. During their childhood, apprentice geisha worked first as maids, then as assistants to the house’s senior geisha as part of their training and to contribute to the costs of their upkeep and education. This long-held tradition of training still exists in Japan, where a student lives at the home of a master of some art, starting out doing general housework and observing and assisting the master, and eventually moving up to become a master in her own right (see also irezumi). This training often lasts for many years.

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