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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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31st Jan '16 1:45:04 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.
12th Dec '15 4:38:10 AM KurosakiMaya
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* ''Manga/MademoiselleButterfly''

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* ''Manga/MademoiselleButterfly''''Manga/MademoiselleButterfly'' is about a young geisha in training called Butterfly and her romance with her childhood friend Chinatsu.
9th Dec '15 7:34:43 PM NozzDogg
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[[folder:Tabletop Game]]
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' Julandri Courtesans are essentially Geishas [[InSpace on Mars]], while also holding true to some of the professional mistress stereotypes.
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4th Oct '15 1:31:05 PM cosmo359
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/NightAndDay'''s Jane Harper is working as a geisha by the time we finally re-encounter her in the flesh, a full year since her initial disappearance. She's now black-haired, amnesia-stricken, and in residence at a club called the Black Chrysanthemum, where it seems she is required to work as a prostitute.
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9th Sep '15 2:16:36 PM roxana
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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. 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), 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.
4th Sep '15 2:08:57 PM RainFairy
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* The seventh ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie, set in Kyoto, has the characters investigating in the ''Gion'' district and befriending the teahouse owner Tae Yamakura, the ''maiko'' [[spoiler: and Tae's adoptive daughter]] Suzu Chika and the geisha Kayo Ichi. [[spoiler: Suzu is one of the suspects of being a SerialKiller, specially since she's a former archer when at least one of the victims was killed with arrows, but she turns out to just be a RedHerring.]]
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