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There are several misconceptions about the job and position of the Japanese geisha. One of these is that geisha
are prostitutes. Nothing could be further from the truth. The word 'geisha' means 'artist' and they are highly respected,
professional women trained from girlhood in conversation, traditional Japanese dance, singing and playing the shamisen
(a string instrument), in order to lend an atmosphere of chic and gaiety to professional or social gatherings of men.
Young, apprentice geisha are called 'maiko-san. (The correct pronunciation for the word 'geisha' is the vowel sound
as in 'hey' and 'maiko' is pronounced 'my - ko.'



For those who want to know more about geisha, here are a few book titles:
1. Geisha - A living tradition by Kyoko Aihara - Carlton Books
A beautiful picture book with text about the daily life of geisha.

2. Geisha - Liza Dalby - Vintage Books London
Liza Dalby is the only Western woman who ever became a professional geisha. She grew up in Japan and
after doing her university thesis on geisha, she became one herself. A fascinating story - not a picture book.

3. Geisha of Gion - by Mineko Iwasaki - Pocket Books
Mineko was one of the famous geisha here in Gion (Kyoto) and she wrote her own story. Not a picture book.


Click here for the "JAPANESE BEAUTIES GALLERY" the "BEAUTIFUL JAPAN GALLERY" or the "IMAGES OF JAPAN GALLERY"

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