Japanese Geisha

In Japanese culture Geisha’s are female entertainers trained in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist. Find out about the facts and the myths within this category.

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What do the geisha girls wear?

Geisha always wear beautiful, elaborate, and expensive kimono that are 'tied' at the middle with a thick sash-like cloth called an obi.

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What does a dead geisha symbolize?

The Geisha girl is a beautiful woman, so she's a symbol of beauty. A geisha girl with her head decapitated means the opposite of peace.

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What does a severed head tattoo symbolize?

It depends. For instance, Medusa's (y'know, snake haired lady?) severed head means so many things. When she was decapitated, her head was flown back to Athena's crib by some guy. The blood spilt created life, but when her head got there, it had the same power of turning anyone that looked at it to stone. It symbolizes mental and psycological strength really. Strength beyond the body.

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Is a Geisha's mat called a tatami?

Floor mats in traditional Japanese homes are called Tatami Mats.

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What is a geisha's danna?

A Danna to a Geisha is her main patron. He will often pay for many of her expenses; rent, kimono, kanzashi, wigs, make-up etc.. He does not have exclusive rights to her company or sexual favors, though if the Geisha so chooses to have that sort of relationship with him that is up to her.

She will still have other clients to entertain, but her Danna will come first if he has an engagement that he wishes her to attend with him.

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How long should a geishas obi be?

Geisha obi are roughly about 12" to 14" wide, and 12ft to 15ft long.

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What is a geisha?

Geisha is a Japanese Word. it basically means, artist. because they practise many arts. A Geisha is a Japanese woman who entertains people (usually men), with classical Japanese arts. She is skilled in singing, dancing, playing musical instruments for example, shamisen. serving food, drinks like sake, and tea, and practiced in conversation. The word Geisha is written 芸者 in Japanese, and means an artistic performer, or an entertainer. The traditional age of a geisha to start their training is three years and three days. She becomes apprenticed also known as a maiko to a senior, often retired Geisha, and during this many years long apprenticeship she is called a Maiko (舞子), which means a child dancer. One of the best places to learn about a geisha is the Blog of a Maiko in Kyoto, Japan. It is at http://ichi.dreamblog.jp/ If you cannot read Japanese, there is an English version at http://ichi.dreamblog.jp/2/17/

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What is the difference between a geisha and a prostitute?

Nothing

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What is the symbolism of the Geisha?

According to Google research, the Geisha is a symbol of "traditional values" in Japanese culture. Gieshas are not seen as women of ill repute as often thought. (Geisha have been confused with the high-class courtesan of the Edo Period known as oiran, from whom they evolved.)

The closest English translation of the proper noun "geisha" would be artist/performing artist.

They are artisans that train for long periods of time (taking many years of work before becoming a full-fledged geisha), therefor they could, in some sense, symbolize perseverance.

There also seems to be a lot of secrecy represented in their lifestyle.

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What do Geisha tattoos mean?

Geisha Contrary to popular western notions, the Japanese geisha is not generally a woman of ill repute. The word literally means �art person� and a geisha is a highly trained professional woman whose traditional occupation is to entertain men. Singing, dancing, playing music, knowledge of history and current events, the ability to make conversation and to create an atmosphere of relaxation and entertainment are the essential skills of the geisha. Skills specific to Japanese culture would include being able to perform the tea ceremony or perhaps even being skilled at flower arrangement or calligraphy. Geishas are immaculately and sumptuously dressed in ornate and expensive kimonos. Not a strand of hair is out of place, their white facial make-up is perfect. Their manners are not only impeccable but delicate and calm, in keeping with the ideals of feminine beauty that they embody. In modern Japan, geishas have been transformed into symbols of traditional values. In the west, the geisha has become a symbol of the exotic grace and beauty of the East.

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What does a geisha with a sword mean?

Geisha usually never carry weapons.

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How did geisha change during the Edo period?

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What did geishas do?

Geisha are living works of art. They carry on the ancient traditions of music, dance, conversation, tea ceremony, and costume to entertain their clients.

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What are geisha's sashes?

Obis

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What does a geisha wear?

Geisha wear expensive silk Kimono that are specially made for them, along with specific Obi and a Tabi on their feet.

Their attire always matches with the season. There are specific colours they wear depending on what season, occasion, and day it is.

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What did geisha makeup do to there skin in the 1800s?

It left a stain on their skin after years of use. It also made their skin more leathery.

Mostly due to the lead content in the old makeup.

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What is the Chinese equivalent of a Japanese geisha girl?

The Chinese equivalent of a Japanese Geisha is known as Yi Ji or Qinglou Nuzi, as far as I can tell.

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How much money does a geisha charge for a performance?

Unless you have a connection that can get you an introduction to a teahouse, or unless you can hire a geisha through a hotel, chances are no amount of money is going to get you a meeting with a geisha. However, there is at least one service that allows foreigners to hire a Geisha or maiko -- if you look up "Kyoto Sights and Nights" you can find more information on it. If you use a service like that, expect to pay a minimum of $500 per person.

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Are geisha girls Chinese or Japanese or both?

Geisha are strictly Japanese.

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What songs are based on the topic of Geisha?

There is a book called 'Little Songs of the Geisha', it may help you in what you wish to know.

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What it means geisha with sword in the head?

It is a symbol of transitioning into the afterlife in peace.

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Do Chinese wear kimonos?

No, Chinese do not wear kimonos. Kimonos were Japanese. The Chinese originally wore Hanfu, loose robes belted at the waist with long sleeves, but when the Manchu took over in the Qing dynasty, women wore Qipao (tight, button-up dresses, the kind you usually see in Chinatown) and men wore Changshans (like Qipao, but looser, still button-up). Occasionally women would wear Changshans with feminine designs on them.

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What kind of makeup do you use for a geisha?

Traditionally geishas would paint their entire face perfectly white, even their eyebrows and lips. They would extend the paint down their neck, to where the clothing started, and created a double point pattern down the upper back. then they would use a very dark color to paint over the eyebrows to make them perfectly shaped, high and arched. Next they would paint their lips bright red and perfectly shaped. Also to to google.com and search for images of a geisha for more examples.

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Why did the Japanese geisha have black teeth?

Maiko blacken their teeth with a wax like substance during a short period when they 'turn their collar' and become a full Geisha.

There are a few reasons for this.

It is a symbol of maturity, the act of teeth blackening used to also be practiced by newly married Japanese women.

The natural colour of teeth will sometimes look yellow against the stark white face make-up. Even if the teeth normally look perfectly white. The black prevents this. And Geisha are taught to smile with their mouths closed.

In the Shinto practice bones are seen as impure. Teeth were considered to be bones, so as an act to prevent impurity the teeth were concealed.

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How do you pronounce geisha?

gey-sha

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