Feminine, submissive and artistic– these are just the few attributes the fair-skinned 27-year-old Japanese from Kyoto proudly lists, even though most other modern-day lasses would rather deny possessing.
With a bow and a slight smile on her cherry red lips, she introduces herself as Kosen, the professional name she is known as at the teahouse in ancient Japanese capital. Kosen is a Geisha.
“They are not Geishas, they are Geikos,” exclaims Okasan Ikuko Takeda as she quickly and politely corrects the general ignorance towards the small, rare class of women.
This is the trailer from “Memoirs of a Geisha”
The owner of a Kyoto teahouse where Geikos entertain, explains that the term “Geisha”, used in the past, is now considered an insult. The much-preferred reference, Geiko, means artisans as these hand-picked girls would spend most of their time singing and displaying their talent with traditional musical instruments to entertain guests, aside from chatting with them.