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The truth about modern Japanese geisha and the samurai

The samurai class, including their wives and children, never exceeded 5% of the population. A geisha, even in the best years was not more than 70 thousand is now about two thousand. A hundred million Japanese…

Myth 2. Geisha – the oldest profession in Japan.

Twice not. Geisha – dancer and conversationalist, experienced geisha – the therapist and Confessor, but sex in their profession were not included and is not included. Only in personal life except that! Since the advent of the profession of the geisha they were forbidden by law to provide sexual services for money. The first geisha appeared in the eighteenth century, so in the literal sense, not the oldest profession.

Myth 3. Japanese women bandaged leg, so they are not grown.

Never. Did Chinese women.

Myth 4. In today’s Japan, kimono are no longer worn.

In ordinary life – alas, it’s true. But all the holidays put on still. By the way, kimono – a thing not cheap. Women’s apparel could easily be more than 300 000 rubles, and a complete set together with the bottom of the kimono, shoes and accessories worth more than 600 000.

Myth 5. Japanese woman cannot put on a festive kimono without assistance.

Can. And not only can, but does it very quickly – 6 minutes. That’s what a skill!

Myth 6. There is a beautiful Japanese woman in the engraving (plate, package, pattern for embroidery) – geisha.

In 99% of cases – no. Most of the prints depicted courtesans-prostitutes. If it has a lot of hairpins in her hair – it is a oiran, a courtesan of one of the higher ranks. We can say that courtesans and geisha – congenial ladies, but courtesans engaged in sexual side of life, while the geisha is not allowed.

Myth 7. Japanese courtesan – fallen woman.

Also. They are trendsetters of fashion, designers hairstyles, the artists Muse, companion of monks…

Myth 8. In Japanese society, the peasants occupied the lowest position.

No! Second in importance after the samurai. And the lowest – dealers. The reasons for this – in Shinto beliefs – traditional religion of Japan. According to Shinto, a farmer lives in nature, communing with the spirits. A trader creates nothing.

Myth 9. To marry a Japanese – to get into the story.

You want to the tale of Cinderella, but without the fairies, of the ball and a Prince? Japanese wife – this is the housekeeper, 365 days a year taking care of his master.

Myth 10. Sushi should be dipped in a bowl with soy sauce.

Well, it’s uncomfortable! Should be put in the ginger sauce and then salted ginger – on sushi. So the rice will not fall apart.

Help “LL” :

On 8 and 9 September at 15:00 in the exhibition «Samurai. Art of war” will be a lecture on the history of Japanese fashion and a master class on putting on kimono from Alexandra Berkovoj in the Museum of artillery, engineer and signal corps. And 18-19, 21-23 September at 17.30 – lectures about the holidays of Japan.