Contrary to popular belief, geisha are not the Eastern equivalent of a prostitute; a misconception originating in the West due to interactions with Japanese oiran courtesans , whose traditional attire is similar to that of geisha. The most literal translation of geisha into English would be "artist", "performing artist", or "artisan". This term is used to refer to geisha from Western Japan, which includes Kyoto and Kanazawa. The white make-up and elaborate kimono and hair of a maiko is the popular image held of geisha. A woman entering the geisha community does not have to begin as a maiko, having the opportunity to begin her career as a full geisha. Either way, however, usually a year's training is involved before debuting either as a maiko or as a geisha.
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History of cosmetics
Geisha: Makeup, Hairstyles, and History of Highly Skilled Artists
Feb 25, Jan 1, A Buddhist priest Kanjo is said to have been the first to make lead-based face powder in Japan, and delighted Empress Jito by presenting this new invention to her. Empress Jito Makeup. Women wore their hair very long and straight, almost reaching the floor; applied white face powder, plucked their eyebrows and repainted them higher on the forehead; and blackened their teeth. Heian Makeup. Illustrated texts such as Shichiju-ichi-ban shokunin uta-awase Poetry Contest Among People of Various Occupations in Seventy-One Rounds show us that by this time craftsmen of rouge and face powder were well known to urban people Muromachi.
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With over 10 thousand years of experience, chemists, cosmetologists, fashion designers, religious leaders and governments had incredible impact over the world of cosmetics. Because it is in human nature to always strive to perfection and new ways to express ourselves, cosmetic played a really big role in our advancements from ancient civilization to the modern way of life. Cosmetics helped us change the way we look, fixed out bodies in time of sickness and enabled us to express our religion and beliefs. All that started some 12 thousand years ago when Ancient Egyptians discovered healing abilities of scented oils. From that point, their cosmetic industry rose higher and higher to the point when it became important part of their religion.
August 4, by TOKI. For Part 1, please click here. Now that you know a little about the hard work and commitment required to become a geisha if you've read the first post! The role of geisha in Japanese culture has evolved over hundreds of years to arrive at the iconic cultural status we recognize today.