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Megan Lively Dollina Kharwanlang Group 2: Asian Women Sept. 11, 2010-M/W 3:00 Japanese Geisha Culture Geishas have been around as early as 1100 AD, almost since the beginning of Japanese culture itself. This was a result of a social torn Japan and women resorting to sexual favors in ordeto survive. Most of these women came from poor and uneducated families, but some were talented and educated (Harris). Their talents helped them stand out and move forward in the social aspect. These few talented women were invited to entertain aristocrats and became appreciated solely for their beauty, talent, and grace. However, the term Geisha has been distorted over time and in most modern societies it is associated with prostitution. Although Geishas came about through a movement that was related to prostitution, Geishas are respected and considered as part of the ancient Japanese culture. This negative connotation is a direct result of an outsiders perspective and one that does not fully understand the Japanese culture. Not only is this idea derived
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