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John Lee, Leah Marty Memoirs of a Geisha Plot Overview The Growth of Chiyo (April) -“the Bridge Scene”—the turning point of Chiyo’s life
-“In that moment, I changed from a girl facing nothing but emptiness to someone with purpose.”
- Chiyo’s struggle as a geisha to find love
- From childhood to womanhood Costumes and Symbols Paternalistic Society Glorified dependence of Sayuri on the Chairman
Antagonism of Hatsumomo
Subtle Influence of the West through Mannerisms and Costuming Conclusion Controversy of Casting
Differences in Reception in China and Japan
Reactions to Criticism Hanamachi – Flower Town Today’s Geisha With the mizuage, or ceremonial deflowering, a maiko would finally metamorphose into a geisha. Usually an older man who could pay for the privilege which would be the virginity of the maiko. Mizuage was not a secret ceremony, It was something to be celebrated. Mizuage ceremony “Remember Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans, and we're not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist, and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.” PERSON ART What is a Geisha? What is a Geisha? Western knowledge of the East was not generated from facts or reality but rather from preconceived stereotypes that envisions the Eastern society as fundamentally similar to one another.
“Orientalism” was a western view of evaluating the orient as weaker and underdeveloped term to justify their imperialism at the time Orientalism Symbols of Sayuri's Freedom Sayuri's Dance Symbolizes Transcendence through Art and Beauty
Handkerchief as Symbol of Transcendence through Romantic Love
Freedom Through Transcendence Symbols of Sayuri's Imprisonment Sayuri's Street Rags Vs. Clothing as a Geisha
Sayuri's Face Paint
Women in Traditional Dress vs. Men in Western Attire