U M E S H I Z U (via mboogiedown)
Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese to win the nobel prize (1968) once wrote “If for no other reason than to preserve traditional hairstyles, the geisha’s existance is vital. I wonder how and when these hairstyles developed.”
“Japanese men, as a rule, feel about a woman’s neck and throat about the same way as men in the west feel about a woman’s legs. This is why geisha wear the collars of their kimono so low in the back…I suppose that its like a woman in Paris wearing a short skirt.” Sayuri, in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Aurthur Golden.
“Umeshizu has only recently become a full-fledged geisha in the Kamishichiken district of Kyoto. As a geiko, she no longer styles her own hair, but has the privledge of wearing a special wig called a katsura. The large, flashy hair ornaments have been replaced by small, subtle hairpins and combs. Her collar is pure white. As a geiko advances in skill and experience, she relies less on her clothing, accessories and make-up to make her appear beautiful. Her beauty is in her skills as an artist. “