When someone thinks of a Japanese Geisha, they think of a glorified prostitute or call girl, but this is far from the truth. Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. Trainee Geisha are called Maiko. A woman entering the Geisha community does not have to begin as a Maiko, having the opportunity to begin her career as a full Geisha. A woman above 21 is considered too old to be a Maiko and becomes a full Geisha upon her initiation into the Geisha community.
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From the back, you can also see three parts of hair: Again, the two wings, and a big bun in the center of the head. This bun is partly held up by a red cushion tucked inside of it that pokes out on the top and on the bottom of the bun. There is also a hairpin threated onto the top of the bun, ususally a butterfly, but other motifs are also possible. For this occassion, she also wears two bira bira kanzashi the small, dangling fan-shaped ones every Maiko usually wears on the front-right side of her hair on the front-left and the front-right side and a formal kanzashi made of real turtoise shell on the front-left side of her hair. She also wear a silver miokuri-kanzashi tucked in beneath her bun; it basically looks like six small, silver, rectangular plates. Sometimes, it can also be red. The ofuku hairstyle is worn by senior Maiko; Maiko who are usually older than 18 some exceptions are possible.
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Kamogawaodori is a geisha performances, apprentices and confirmed in Pontocho Kaburenjo theater in Kyoto. The word geisha literally means "artisan". These artists practice the traditional Japanese arts and are purveyors of Japanese culture. Explore a world of willows and flowers, a tinted world of mystery that originates from Kyoto. Geisha are women who dedicate their lives to Japanese traditional arts and put their talents to use entertaining customers on the occasion of banquets and performances.
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