Geisha skills include performing various ancient Japanese arts regarding music, song, dance, tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arranging, poetry and the art of conversation. In Japan, geisha are the ultimate hostess and class of entertainment. Geisha are hailed as the very icons of Japanese social grace and etiquette.
Top definition. A geisha is a traditional Japanese entertainer of men. She is a master of traditional arts including music, serving tea which is a fine Japanese artdancing and singing etc.
By Martha De Lacey. As early as late s Japan there have been 'female entertainers' hosting gatherings, pouring sake and offering company to men. Known as 'saburuko' - translated as 'serving girls' - some of these women sold sexual services, while others simply hosted high-class occasions.
It is included in Kinoe no Komatsu English: Young Pinesa three-volume book of shunga erotica first published inand has become Hokusai's most famous shunga design. Playing with themes popular in Japanese art, it depicts a young ama diver entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses. The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife is the most famous image in Kinoe no Komatsupublished in three volumes from
Fresh snow dusts the narrow streets of Gion in Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, on a wintry December night, but inside the Harutomi ochaya tearoom all is warm feminine cheer. The small room in the city's old geisha district is a comforting fug of sake fumes, rustling silk and the mellifluous sing-song voices of three women who flit around the handful of male customers. Wrapped in lustrous patterned kimonos, black eyes framed in chalk-white faces under gaudy ornamental wigs, the two older geisha are mesmerising confections, moving with the graceful ease of dancers.
The exhibition gives us a peek into the erotic life and culture in Japan during the age of Edo Those shopkeepers, artisans, doctors, teachers or artists enhanced, thanks to the approach of the ukiyo-e cultural movement, a hedonistic conception of life that was in contrast to the neo-Confucian Japanese culture of the governing warrior classes. The prints in this art form either fall into the category of bijinga, beautiful women, or shunga, erotic images.
An exhilarating new exhibition at the British Museum features over works of Japanese erotic art. But is it art, or pornography? Alastair Sooke investigates. It is one of the most salacious images in the history of art: deep underwater, a gigantic pink octopus drags a naked young woman into a cleft between two rocks.