HappiE ChiNese NeU YeAr!!!
Of tHe DoG!!
now onto my blog proper... i have watched Memoirs of a Geisha... it was a visual feast although not a very intellectual one... it was just beautiful... i can't help but realise that Geishas and Soldiers lead very similiar live... there are parallels in both our worlds that are very eerily the same...below is a list of the commonalities in no particular order.
- First of all Mameha said this to Sayuri: We do not become Geisha to fulfill our own destinies. We become geisha because we have no choice. Does that ring a bell to all u guys out there.. we become wat we are because we have no choice.
- Next, geisha paint their faces white and red. Soldiers paint their faces green and black.
- Each geisha belongs to an okiya (geisha house) which is part of a hanamachi (geisha district), which in turn part of many hanamachis in a city. each soldier is part of a company which is turn part of a battalion, which in turn part of a brigade and so on.
- In an okiya there is a okasan (mother) which takes care of the geisha. in a company there is a CSM which basically does the same thing.
- Geishas have to wear their kimonos when they work. soldiers have to wear their uniforms when they work.
- Geishas have their tools of the trade like thier fans and their umbrella. We have our rifles and helmets.
- Geisha train to be the best in their arts of dance and music. Soldiers train to be the best in what they do.
- Geisha have their mizu-age (coming of age). We have BMT.
- Most become full fledge geisha at the age of 18 - 20. We become soldiers around the same age.
- A geisha is free from her bond once she has paid back her okiya of the expenses to train her. We do that to to a certain extent also.
- A geisha is the illusion of the perfect woman. Soldiers are expected to be the perfect man.
- A life of a geisha is tough, it requires discipline and dedication. A soldiers life runs a similiar course.
- A geisha has a set of rule to follow on how to behave. A soldier has drill and SOP.
ok thats all i can think of... but there is one thing that a geisha has but not a soldier... wat is it? Some geisha have a danna or patron.... do we have one of those?