Sayuki on geisha training
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Sayuki says it took her three years to perfect the art of geisha. "Everybody knows that to become a ballet dancer takes an incredible amount of training, and obviously a geisha is the same," she says.

Sayuki spent a year training under the close eye of her geisha mother. "In the beginning, you have to do everything that your geisha mother tells you," she says. "It takes years to really get a very good judgment."

Geisha not only become artists in dancing and performance, they must also master the art of hosting. "You also need to be able to transform the atmosphere in a room and understand what kind of customers you have and what they want to get out of the evening and facilitate the conversation, facilitate the evening so that everyone has a really enjoyable time," she says.

FROM: Lisa Ling Goes Inside the World of a Modern Geisha and a Real-Life Nunnery
Published on February 09, 2010

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