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Jodi Cobb’s photos of geisha captured many elements to the subjects of beauty and women in the world. (Photo by Jodi Cobb)

taishou-kun: Jody Cobb Dance of the ages, Kyoto : a Geiko.Dance of the ages, Kyoto : a Geiko dressed in a noblewoman’s travelling costume participates in the Jidai Matsuri 時代祭 (Festival of the ages) procession - 1993

okiya:      Geisha Koyakko 1910s (by Blue Ruin1)      Geisha Koyakko (小奴) of the Shinbashi hanamachi (geisha district) in Tokyo

Geisha Koyakko (小奴) of the Shinbashi hanamachi (geisha district) in Tokyo, performing the Yawata dance. Koyakko debuted in around the age of thirteen.

A legitimate geisha does not engage in paid sex with clients. Their purpose is to entertain their customer, be it by dancing, reciting verse, playing musical instruments, or engaging in light conversation. Geisha engagements may include flirting with men and playful innuendos; however, clients know that nothing more can be expected. In a social style that is common in Japan, men are amused by the illusion of that which is never to be.[73]

The maiko Mamechiho in the Gion district. Notice the green pin on the mid-left called tsunagi-dango: this identifies her as the maiko of Gion kobu.

Beautiful and ethereal

Maiko is an apprentice geisha in western Japan, especially Kyoto. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old and become geisha after learning how to dance (a kind of Japanese traditional dance), play the shamisen, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto)