History Main / Geisha

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.
29th May '16 3:35:21 PM WillKeaton
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* The makeup that the ActionGirl team Kyoshi Warriors from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' sport is influenced by geisha makeup in addition to using influences from Kabuki makeup plus their outfits are Samurai-influenced. It's not surprising that their makeup is based on Avatar Kyoshi's makeup.

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* The makeup that the ActionGirl team Kyoshi Warriors from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' sport is influenced by geisha makeup in addition to using influences from Kabuki makeup makeup, plus their outfits are Samurai-influenced. It's not surprising that their makeup is based on Avatar Kyoshi's makeup.
29th May '16 3:34:41 PM WillKeaton
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* Quite a few American movies of the 50s and 60s would show some geisha for exotic fanservice: from ''My Geisha'' with Shirley McLaine undergoing a geiko henshin to re-seduce her fiance to ''The Geisha Boy'' with Jerry Lewis (not as a geisha, thank goodness) to ''The Teahouse of the August Moon'' with Machiko Kyo as the geisha "Lotus Blossom".

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* Quite a few American movies of the 50s and 60s would show some geisha for exotic fanservice: from ''My Geisha'' with Shirley McLaine [=McLaine=] undergoing a geiko henshin to re-seduce her fiance to ''The Geisha Boy'' with Jerry Lewis (not as a geisha, thank goodness) to ''The Teahouse of the August Moon'' with Machiko Kyo as the geisha "Lotus Blossom".
6th May '16 5:57:40 AM aye_amber
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSoulSilver'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonHeartGold Heart Gold]]'' features six Geisha (called "kimono girls" in the English version) who the protagonist meets though his or her journey, cumulating in an event where they use a dance ceremony to summon Lugia or Ho-oh depending on the version. (Who you have to try to tame.)

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSoulSilver'' ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon|GoldAndSilver}} [=Soul=]Silver'' and ''[[VideoGame/PokemonHeartGold Heart Gold]]'' features six Geisha (called "kimono girls" in the English version) who the protagonist meets though his or her journey, cumulating in an event where they use a dance ceremony to summon Lugia or Ho-oh depending on the version. (Who you have to try to tame.)
8th Apr '16 8:32:50 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* YamatoNadeshiko: Averted. The image of a demure and shy Nadeshiko is the Japanese ideal of a ''wife'', whose domain is the hearth. Geisha aren't wives, so their talkative, flirty and unabashed attitude at a banquet is the opposite of that. The stereotype of geisha as servile doormats is mostly Orientalist fantasy, their obsequiousness stops at pouring sake for the guests (which they unload to the maiko, who as learn-by-seeing apprentices can't do a lot more than pouring sake and looking pretty).

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* YamatoNadeshiko: Averted. Zig-zagged. The image of a demure demure, quiet and shy calm Nadeshiko is the Japanese ideal of a ''wife'', whose domain is the hearth. Geisha aren't have the YamatoNadeshiko looks but ''aren't'' wives, so their talkative, flirty and unabashed attitude at a banquet is the opposite of that. The stereotype of geisha as servile doormats is mostly Orientalist fantasy, their obsequiousness stops at pouring sake for the guests (which they unload to the maiko, who as learn-by-seeing apprentices can't do a lot more than pouring sake and looking pretty).



* ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' and its film adaptation tells the story of Chiyo, a little girl whose dirt poor family sells her in order to make ends meet. Some of her companions in fate end up being sold to brothels, but the pretty Chiyo is lucky enought to be bought into a geisha house to be a servant, and later, if she proves worthy, an apprentice, thus becoming the famous geisha Sayuri. Despite how the book gives the impression of being a biography and based on real life, it's pure fiction and contains its share of inaccuracies. The one most aficionados would name first is the auctioning of the virginity of maiko about to graduate as geiko.

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* ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' and its film adaptation tells the story of Chiyo, a little girl whose dirt poor family sells her in order to make ends meet. Some of her companions in fate end up being sold to brothels, but the pretty Chiyo is lucky enought enough to be bought into a geisha house to be a servant, and later, if she proves worthy, an apprentice, thus becoming the famous geisha Sayuri. Despite how the book gives the impression of being a biography and based on real life, it's pure fiction and contains its share of inaccuracies. The one most aficionados would name first is the auctioning of the virginity of maiko about to graduate as geiko.
26th Feb '16 11:48:52 AM vifetoile
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* FemmeFatale: Often play the part in Japanese tales and older literature, but not to the extent that the "castle-topper" oiran did in theatre plays
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Their costume is an obsolete style, and quite a deal more showy than the modern fashions
* KimonoFanService: The style they wear screams "teh sexx" in Kimonese
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Black hair, white make-up, bright red lipstick
* TrainingFromHell: They undergo demanding training, and some works like to exaggerate it
* YamatoNadeshiko: The image of a demure and shy Nadeshiko is the Japanese ideal of a ''wife'', whose domain is the hearth. Geisha aren't wives, so their talkative, flirty and unabashed attitude at a banquet is the opposite of that. The stereotype of geisha as servile doormats is mostly Orientalist fantasy, their obsequiousness stops at pouring sake for the guests (which they unload to the maiko, who as learn-by-seeing apprentices can't do a lot more than pouring sake and looking pretty).

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* FemmeFatale: Often play the part in Japanese tales and older literature, but not to the extent that the "castle-topper" oiran did in theatre plays
plays.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Their costume is an obsolete style, and quite a great deal more showy than the modern fashions
fashions. Maiko, during their training, tend to be very brightly and colorfully dressed, while fully-fledged geisha are dressed in more understated colors.
* KimonoFanService: The style they wear screams "teh sexx" in Kimonese
Kimonese.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Black hair, white make-up, bright red lipstick
lipstick.
* TrainingFromHell: They undergo demanding training, and some works like to exaggerate it
it.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Averted. The image of a demure and shy Nadeshiko is the Japanese ideal of a ''wife'', whose domain is the hearth. Geisha aren't wives, so their talkative, flirty and unabashed attitude at a banquet is the opposite of that. The stereotype of geisha as servile doormats is mostly Orientalist fantasy, their obsequiousness stops at pouring sake for the guests (which they unload to the maiko, who as learn-by-seeing apprentices can't do a lot more than pouring sake and looking pretty).
6th Feb '16 11:14:19 PM lostbirdinatree
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* ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'' has Miyokichi, the FemmeFatale of the series in the days before Konatsu. In episode 4 she is seen with maiko hairclips but later she graduates to geisha.
31st Jan '16 1:45:05 PM AlternativeCola
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* The makeup that the ActionGirl team Kyoshi Warriors from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' sport is influenced by geisha makeup in addition to using influences from Kabuki makeup plus their outfits are Samurai-influenced. It's not surprising that their makeup is based on Avatar Kyoshi's makeup.
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