A Long Way Gone has 102,195 ratings and 8,141 reviews. Chris said: I will never. Never. Complain about my childhood again.Okay, that's not true.
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Masako Tanaka was chosen at the age of five to be the Atotori of the famous Geisha household owned by the Iwasaki family. To be the Atotori means to be the heir of the family Masako was adopted into the household to begin her training of becoming a Atotori she than begin to train for the Maiko and Geiko lifestyle. Once adopted into the Iwasaki household Masako name was changed to Mineko Iwasaki the name she keeps for the rest of her career and life. Mineko begins her official training when turns six years old, She begins to learn the prestigious rules of a Geisha life. Mineko would begin to take all sorts of classes (Dance,Tea Ceremony, Musical Etc.) And be given an “Older sister” Witch in the Geisha lifestyle means an older women most likely a Geiko acts as a mentor to her “Younger Sister”. Mineko first learns to dance and all the rules of that custom how to sit,open the sliding door,how to address your teacher,Also how to speak the Geisha language,(the Geisha language is traditional Japanese language with some different pronunciation). Mineko is taught at one of the most famous dance school in Japan the Inoue school. Mineko began to grow and learn in the Iwasaki family until the day of her debut, before a women can be debut as a Maiko they must have to pass a dance exam,Mineko passed the exam and was now able to become a Maiko. Mineko's maiko life isn't much different from her life before now she participates in what are know as “Ozashiki”, it translates to “banquet” or “dinner party” this is where the Maiko and Geiko do their work entering customers and this is where they make there money. Mineko begins this lifestyle training until she can one day graduate to the Geiko level. Mineko is eventually a Geiko witch throws her life into an even busier lifestyle, Mineko is known as one of the best Geiko of her generation she often treated as a celebrity. But as she continues her career she notices the many problems in the Geisha system that she wished she could change but she is never listened too. In the end it is all too much and Mineko retires at the peak of her career completely flipping the Geisha household and world upside down.
In the article “Clothing of Early Asian Cultures” talks of the Kimono it's origin and it's making. The kimono originates from China and was imported or traded to Japan many high-class Kimono are made out of silk, they can be worn by both women and men. While they can be worn by both women have more elegant patterns and brighter colors while men have more subdued patterns. The Geisha women have been know as the fashion leaders for the Kimono. Thanks to the Geisha many new conventions of feminine fashion have be created, According to Japanese culture the geisha are the caretakers of fashion. The Kimono is the most basic form of dress to Asian cultures, Kimono literally translate to “thing to wear”. The word kimono itself is mostly used in Japan. While the kimono is a basic garment they are still only worn on special occasions, weddings, holidays, festivals and etc. The Kimono is worn by tightly wrapping it around the body from left to right, then it is drawn up and tied with a silk cord under the Obi. The Obi is a waist wrapper it is always worn with the kimono. In Japan today kimono artists are considered a national treasure preserving the ancient technic, their kimonos are considered master pieces much like a painting.
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