Tuesday, September 11, 2007

S M I L E : Katsuya

S M I L E : Katsuya, originally uploaded by mboogiedown.

"Katsuya is another young geiko who only recently "turned her collar" to become a full-fledged geisha. "Turning the Collar" refers to the ceremony in which a maiko, or apprentice geisha, is able to entertain guests on her own, without her big sister. She becomes a true geisha, trading her elaboratey embroidered collar for one of plain white silk, and finally being able to stop her painful weekly hair appointments and wear a special wig called a katsura."

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