14 Feb '11, 4am

Geisha secrets revealed: ... to the local media at an event organised by Japanese skincare label Biore. ... Take...

IN THE 2005 movie Memoirs of a Geisha, based on Arthur Golden's 1997 fictional novel, Zhang Ziyi's character Sayuri flees from slavery to be trained as an apprentice geisha under the wing of a veteran geisha, played by Michelle Yeoh. With her beauty and talent, Sayuri quickly rises to outshine another prominent geisha played by Gong Li. But before she is declared a full-fledged geisha, she has to go through an initiation ceremony called mizuage, which is sponsored by a male patron who has also won the bidding war to Sayuri's virginity. This practice was outlawed in 1959 and no longer applies to modern day geishas. A real life geisha who flew in from Miyagawa-chou in Kyoto recently confirmed this. Geiko Kosen, 27, who has been trained as an apprentice geisha since she was 16, said she was not required to sell her virginity to a client when she had her mizuage at the age of ...

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