How to distinguish a geisha from a student and priestess of love
Shoes also betray a Japanese beauty with a head. Maiko apprentices wear wooden sandals on a high solid platform and have white short socks on their feet. Geishas have a platform not solid, but in the form of benches, and not very high. White socks are also a constant attribute.
Yujo wear black wooden sandals on a higher platform than geisha and maiko, usually not solid. And they never wear socks, but they whiten their feet. It is believed that in this way they slightly lower their rank in front of customers.
Only by the make-up of geisha, maiko, yujo, it is difficult to distinguish from each other. All these beauties can have equally densely whitened faces, eyeliner, brightly painted lips. True, geisha over time completely refuse such makeup and leave a natural complexion. According to the insignia on the back of the head – unpainted strips of skin – it is also difficult to distinguish a geisha from a yujo. For both, three or two stripes may be left unbleached. But it is the yujo courtesans who can completely paint over this part of the neck.
The principle of “the more fancy, the lower the status” in Japan applies to hairstyles as well. The easiest way to style hair is geisha. They comb their hair back and tie it into a high bun. By the way, geisha are allowed to wear wigs, but maiko must make hairstyles from their own hair. Experienced geisha have the fewest decorations in their hair: one plain comb in front and a pair of large hairpins in the back.
Maiko students in their early years wear the intricate wareshinob hairstyle, which has a red ribbon woven into the back, dividing the bun into two parts. Maiko has a lot of jewelry in her hair: paper ribbons, hairpins with flowers, pendants, large beads. With the increase in the rank of the student, the decorations become less and less.
The Yujo also decorate their hair profusely, sometimes looking like elaborate headdresses rather than real hair. A distinctive attribute of courtesans is long flat hairpins sticking out of the hairstyle in different directions in the manner of rays.
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