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The word geisha means "artist." A geisha is not a prostitute, but an entertainer for the richest and most powerful men of Japan. She entertains at parties, excelling in the arts of song, dance, and music, but mostly in the art of pampering the male ego. These pictures are from my book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art. Published by Knopf in 1995.

The average age of most geisha today is over 40, and there is always a place for the older women in the geisha world. Some still dance in the yearly geisha dance festivals even at age 80, as this geisha is. © 2001 Jodi Cobb (1 of 20)
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