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Dan Lewis at May. Translated by Rowley, G. It's so far removed from Western culture that using the term "seiyou kagure" strips the phrase of all meaning. These pleasure quarters quickly became glamorous entertainment centers, offering more than sex. This may explain the myths surrounding the thick and unnaturally white makeup used by Geisha women, both in the past and today.

Why Do Geishas Paint Their Faces With White Makeup?

This was especially important as Geisha women were mainly entertainers, dancing and singing for their clients way into the evening and therefore could not rely on natural sunlight.

Red Lips, White Face: The Cultural History of Japanese Beauty

About the same time, a quite unusual beauty ideal set foot in Japan - the blackening of teeth, called ohaguro. Traditional Japan embraced sexual delights it is not a Shinto taboo and men were not constrained to be faithful to their wives. And that was its stated purpose, and it actually accomplished that quite admirably in Japanese society, where there were very few routes for women to achieve that sort of independence.


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