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13th Feb '17 3:40:59 PM Wyldchyld
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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956 [[spoiler: legally. And only defined very narrowly as certain kinds of sex acts (typically "the usual one"). In reality Japan has thousands of brothels and it is not at all difficult to purchase sex without any worry about prosecution, and being a sex worker does not have the stigma that there is in the West.]] , but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel material.

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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956 [[spoiler: legally. And only defined very narrowly as certain kinds of sex acts (typically "the usual one"). In reality Japan has thousands of brothels and it is not at all difficult to purchase sex without any worry about prosecution, and being a sex worker does not have the stigma that there is in the West.]] , but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel fetish material.
1st Feb '17 1:01:54 PM Mhazard
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* ''Film/RoboGeisha'' is the story of two sisters: Kikuyakko "Kikue" Kagusa, a Geisha who is renowned for her beauty, and Yoshie Kagusa, who works as a servant in the same teahouse as Kikuyakko. Yoshie suffers near constant abuse at the hands of her elder sister, who derides her lack of grace and potential for becoming a Geisha at every opportunity. While Yoshie for the most part tries to take this treatment in stride, at times her rage boils over and manifests itself in almost-superhuman feats of strength. Their lives change when the young heir of the Kagano Steel Manufacturing corporation notices one of these feats, and forces the sisters to become part of his private army of geisha assassins. Accepting their fate, the sisters quickly rise through the ranks of the geisha corps, constantly replacing their human flesh with ever more deadly and [[{{Cyborg}} bizarre mechanical body-parts and weaponry]], each hoping to out-do the other in their ongoing rivalry.

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* ''Film/RoboGeisha'' is the story of two sisters: Kikuyakko "Kikue" Kagusa, a Geisha who is renowned for her beauty, and Yoshie Kagusa, who works as a servant in the same teahouse as Kikuyakko. Yoshie suffers near constant abuse at the hands of her elder sister, who derides her lack of grace and potential for becoming a Geisha at every opportunity. While Yoshie for the most part tries to take this treatment in stride, at times her rage boils over and manifests itself in almost-superhuman feats of strength. Their lives change when the young heir of the Kagano Steel Manufacturing corporation notices one of these feats, and forces the sisters to become part of his private army of geisha assassins. Accepting their fate, the sisters quickly rise through the ranks of the geisha corps, constantly [[{{Cyborg}} replacing their human flesh with ever more deadly and [[{{Cyborg}} bizarre mechanical body-parts and weaponry]], each hoping to out-do the other in their ongoing rivalry.
1st Feb '17 12:58:51 PM Mhazard
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* ''Film/RoboGeisha'' is the story of two sisters: Kikuyakko "Kikue" Kagusa, a Geisha who is renowned for her beauty, and Yoshie Kagusa, who works as a servant in the same teahouse as Kikuyakko. Yoshie suffers near constant abuse at the hands of her elder sister, who derides her lack of grace and potential for becoming a Geisha at every opportunity. While Yoshie for the most part tries to take this treatment in stride, at times her rage boils over and manifests itself in almost-superhuman feats of strength. Their lives change when the young heir of the Kagano Steel Manufacturing corporation notices one of these feats, and forces the sisters to become part of his private army of geisha assassins. Accepting their fate, the sisters quickly rise through the ranks of the geisha corps, constantly replacing their human flesh with ever more deadly and [[{{Cyborg}} bizarre mechanical body-parts and weaponry]], each hoping to out-do the other in their ongoing rivalry.
14th Nov '16 12:55:04 PM AlternativeCola
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* The album cover for Music/{{Sparks}}' breakthrough album ''KimonoMyHouse'' had two geishas with one winking and another with her hair down.
21st Oct '16 9:25:32 PM Elfkaiser
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* The character design of Deande from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' uses many traits common to the typical Geisha look - a waist ribbon from the back, pale white face makeup and the use of fans. Her small red lip makeup and hair done up with thin blades sticking out of no doubt were inspired by it as well. The thing she just really lacks is the kimono.
29th Sep '16 10:30:05 PM jamespolk
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* Because Chamberlain Ooishi spent two years partying in the pleasure quarters [[ObfuscatingStupidity for cover]], any version of the story of ''The47Ronin'' will show some geisha and prostitutes.

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* Because Chamberlain Ooishi Oishi spent two years partying in the pleasure quarters [[ObfuscatingStupidity for cover]], any version of the story of ''The47Ronin'' will UsefulNotes/The47Ronin--like, say, ''Film/The47Ronin'' (1941)--will show some geisha and prostitutes.
29th Sep '16 1:15:20 PM Mr.Tickles
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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956 [[spolier: legally. And only defined very narrowly as certain kinds of sex acts (typically "the usual one"). In reality Japan has thousands of brothels and it is not at all difficult to purchase sex without any worry about prosecution, and being a sex worker does not have the stigma that there is in the West.]] , but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel material.

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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956 [[spolier: [[spoiler: legally. And only defined very narrowly as certain kinds of sex acts (typically "the usual one"). In reality Japan has thousands of brothels and it is not at all difficult to purchase sex without any worry about prosecution, and being a sex worker does not have the stigma that there is in the West.]] , but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel material.
29th Sep '16 1:15:02 PM Mr.Tickles
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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956), but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel material.

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For a long time the role of the geisha has been seen as mysterious, exotic, and alluring. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are '''not''' prostitutes (that would be ''yuujo'' or "pleasure women", of which the top tier were the famous ''oiran'' or ''tayuu''; prostitution as such was abolished in Japan in 1956), 1956 [[spolier: legally. And only defined very narrowly as certain kinds of sex acts (typically "the usual one"). In reality Japan has thousands of brothels and it is not at all difficult to purchase sex without any worry about prosecution, and being a sex worker does not have the stigma that there is in the West.]] , but rather artists, party hostesses and professional conversationalists, with stage names and distinct personal lives. On the other hand they weren't nuns either. Before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]], geisha could be employed as professional mistresses, but sex with customers is off the menu these days. That hasn't stopped them from being prime FetishFuel material.
21st Jun '16 1:04:36 AM gewunomox
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* The cover of {{Kiss}}'s 1977 album ''Love Gun'' is a painting of the band members standing at the entrance to what looks like [[AncientGrome a Greco-Roman temple]], and on the steps just below them are several scantily-clad women in whiteface who could possibly be geisha, although they have long hair and are not wearing kimonos. In fact, given that Gene Simmons's "demon" makeup is directly inspired by ''kabuki'' theatre, and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the massive popularity Kiss have enjoyed in Japan since their earliest days]], that could very well be what these women are.

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* The cover of {{Kiss}}'s Music/{{KISS}}'s 1977 album ''Love Gun'' is a painting of the band members standing at the entrance to what looks like [[AncientGrome a Greco-Roman temple]], and on the steps just below them are several scantily-clad women in whiteface who could possibly be geisha, although they have long hair and are not wearing kimonos. In fact, given that Gene Simmons's "demon" makeup is directly inspired by ''kabuki'' theatre, and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the massive popularity Kiss have enjoyed in Japan since their earliest days]], that could very well be what these women are.
31st May '16 12:10:40 AM gallium
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* In non-fiction 1890 travel memoir ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInSeventyTwoDays'', Nellie Bly visits Yokohama and attends a performance by "dancing, or ''geisha'', girls." She is enchanted by their beauty and grace.
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