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Memoirs of a Geisha: What they got wrong, and what they got right
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In the history of Western philosophy and literature, scholars and artists have often suggested that beauty and truth are one and the same: truth must be beautiful and the beautiful must be truth. To fit the Japanese standard of beauty, geisha craft a highly artificial appearance: they dress in beautifully-patterned kimono, wear elaborate hairstyles, and paint their faces white in order to appear as if they are wearing masks. The novel thus argues that beauty is more about artifice and concealment than truth. Despite her cruel personality, Hatsumomo is one of the most popular geisha in Kyoto because of her beauty. She successfully disguises her cruelty from her male clients by acting like a polite geisha, but as Sa y ur i recognizes, whenever people glimpse the true mean-spiritedness of her personality, they begin to see her beauty wane. Yet Nobu proves himself to be one of the kindest and most loyal men in the novel, affirming the idea that outward appearances do not necessarily correspond to inner personality. While beauty might not provide access to truth in the novel, it does serve a more utilitarian purpose of providing comfort.
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.
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Beauty with a Maiko, Mamefuji
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In the years since, I've been called beautiful more often than I can remember. Though, of course, geisha are always called beautiful, even those who aren't. But when Mr. Tanaka said it to me, before I'd ever heard of such a thing as a geisha, I could almost believe it was true. At an early age, Chiyo learns that compliments on her physical appearance feel good, so she will put her physical appearance at a priority above anything else. This is something a geisha must do in order to be successful. It struck me as odd that even though no one could have called her a beauty, Mr.