Join us after the jump for a look at a selection of picture cards of both famous and anonymous geisha, at the height of their fame and while still in training. In those days, people collected photographic portraits, known as bromides, of their favorite celebrities, not unlike how people collect baseball or idol cards today. This compilation mainly showcases geisha aka geigi and apprentice geisha hangyoku from the Shinbashi, Akasaka, and Yanagibashi districts of Tokyo. If these women dressed up in modern day fashion, do you think they would be just as popular nowadays?
Mineko Iwasaki - Wikipedia
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. There are still hanamachi that can be found throughout Japan.
Almost everyone has heard about a film and a book named Memoirs of a Geisha that tell the story about the life of geisha girl in Japan during WWII. It is probably the most famous geisha book and a film that are well-known in the western world. However, it is just a story.
At the peak of her career in the s, Mineko Iwasaki was probably the most famous and highest-earning geisha in Japan. Chosen as heir to the Iwasaki geisha house in Gion, she left her home aged four and was legally adopted by the geisha house "mother" in the s. Iwasaki endured the rigours of geisha training to rise to the top of her profession; by the time she retired at 29, she had entertained some of the most famous people in the world, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, and former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Still strikingly attractive at 56, she lives in retirement in Kyoto with her artist husband.