Cultural Ethnography of the Japanese Geisha Research Paper by Maggie1023

Cultural Ethnography of the Japanese Geisha
This paper describes the history, training and life of the Japanese Geisha.
# 92232 | 3,003 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper examines the ethnography of the Japanese Geisha. Additionally, it highlights many subtopics of the Geisha culture such as history and training, customers and skills, fashion, and modern-day and western influences. The paper includes an annotated bibliography with descriptions of sources used.

History of the Geisha Culture
Becoming a Geisha
Geisha Talents and Those Who Enjoy Them
Geisha Appearance
Modern-Day Geisha and Western Influence

From the Paper:

"Geisha hair, Geisha makeup, Geisha grace: Geisha is a pleasing profession envied by women and adored by men. She is a living work of art; a doll adorned in satins and silks. Her entrance anywhere has movie star status and everyone wishes to be a part of her world: the flower and willow world. The Geisha profession is a time-honored tradition that has gradually changed into its own intricate culture. In this essay, I will explore the various complexities and mysteries of the Geisha culture by addressing the following areas: Geisha history, training, talents and customers, traditional dress, and Geisha in the modern world. I will clarify any misconceptions one may have about this beautiful and mysterious culture."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cobb, Jodi. "GEISHA." National Geographic Oct. 1995: 16
  • Dalby, Liza. "Look of a Geisha." Sunday Times (London) 8 Jan. 2006, natl. ed.: Style pg. 38.
  • Galloway, Joseph L. "Protests of a Geisha." U.S. News & World Report 13 Mar. 2000: 12.
  • Gaouette, Nicole. "Confessions of a Modern-Day Geisha." Christian Science Monitor 91.51 (Feb. 1999): 12.
  • "Kiharu Nakamura." Economist 24 Jan. 2004, natl. ed.: 78.

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