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Geisha
     Lucas Vallecillos/VW Pics/ZUMA (bios)
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist. Being a true Geisha is an honor, who when they become full-fledged Geisha are then called Geiko. If training to be a Geisha before 21 yrs, the child dancer is called a Maiko. Maiko spend five years studying music, dance, and also have to learn to talk comfortably to customers - usually rich and powerful men. Geisha are the keepers of Japanese traditional arts, as accomplished as Western ballet dancers or opera singers. For the most part, the Geisha world is closed to outsiders. The closest tourists can get is seeing Geiko or Maiko hurry by on their way from the geisha houses where they live to the teahouses where they entertain.
Geisha
     Lucas Vallecillos/VW Pics/ZUMA (bios)
Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist. Being a true Geisha is an honor, who when they become full-fledged Geisha are then called Geiko. If training to be a Geisha before 21 yrs, the child dancer is called a Maiko. Maiko spend five years studying music, dance, and also have to learn to talk comfortably to customers - usually rich and powerful men. Geisha are the keepers of Japanese traditional arts, as accomplished as Western ballet dancers or opera singers. For the most part, the Geisha world is closed to outsiders. The closest tourists can get is seeing Geiko or Maiko hurry by on their way from the geisha houses where they live to the teahouses where they entertain.