Geisha (芸者?), Geiko (芸子) or Geigi (芸妓) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music and dance.
|"I don't know when we'll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world. "|
|"We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course."|
|"A tree may look as beautiful as ever; but when you notice the insects infesting it, and the tips of the branches that are brown from disease, even the trunk seems to lose some of its magnificence. "|
|"it was what we Japanese called the onion life, peeling away a layer at a time and crying all the while"|
|"For a flicker of a moment I imagined a world completely different from the one I'd always known, a world in which I was treated with fairness, even kindness-- a world in which fathers didn't sell their daughters. "|
|"Perhaps it seems odd that a casual meeting on the street could have brought about such change. But sometimes life is like that isn't it"|
|"Oh I'm sure you're right," Auntie said. "Probably she's just as you say. But she looks to me like a very clever girl, and adaptable; you can see that from the shape of her ears."|
|What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?|
A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile. Without its mysteries it cannot survive. I certainly wasnt born to the life of a geisha. Like so much in my strange life, I was carried there by the current.
Geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.
In that moment, I changed from a girl facing nothing but emptiness, to someone with purpose. I saw that to be a geisha could be a stepping stone to something else... a place in his world.
Three things matter in life: sumo, business, and war. Understand one, you know them all. But why should a geisha care? You spend your time plucking strings and dancing.
It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for a Geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings, she entertains you... What ever you want... the rest is shadows, the rest is secret.
She told me I was like water... Water can carve its way through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.
At the temple, there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read Loss, only feel it.
A year without news, except news of death. Rumors of citites evaporating into clouds of smoke. And than another year and another... Nothing. Rice... Work... Rice... Work... Nothing.
Your cave is untouched. Men like that. We call this "mizuage". And to become a full geisha, you must sell it to the highest bidder.
The winter I turned fifteen I saw the chairman again, but that wasnt the only surprise fate brought me that season. Along with the snow came a most unexpected visitor.
|Geisha may gracefully flirt with their guests,but they will always remain in control of the hospitality. Over their years of apprenticeship they learn to adapt to different situations and personalities, mastering the art of the hostess.|