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In this news post, you will meet Asakusa, the oldest Geisha in the world:
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In a Tokyo apartment, Yuko Asakusa puts on her makeup as she has for the last 75 years.
At 91, she is said to be the city’s oldest living geisha – a traditional Japanese female performer who wealthy professionals pay to play instruments, sing, dance and engage in witty conversation.
– I’m still only 91-years-old. I say ‘I’m still only 91’ to people on purpose. My clients laugh uproariously.
Asakusa, whose real name is Fumi Kikuchi (hoo-me Kee-koo-chee), wanted to be a geisha (gaysha) since she was 13 and saw geisha movies with her mother. After a three-year apprenticeship she began what became a lifelong career. The number of Japan’s geishas has fallen from a peak of 80,000 in 1928 to roughly 1,000 today. But the shrinking profession still fuels the same fire in Asakusa as it did when she was a teen.
– Its not about until how old I get. In my case, I will be a geisha all my life. It’s not until a specific age, it’s until I die.
Until then, the golden geisha spends her time fielding 20 reservations a month and instructing the next generation of young entertainers.
Makeup – substances (such as lipstick or powder) used to make someone’s face look more attractive.
Performer – a person (such as an actor or a musician) who acts, sings, dances, etc., for an audience.
Engage – to get and keep (someone’s attention, interest, etc.)
Witty – funny and clever.
Uproariously – to laugh a lot when something is very funny.
Lifelong – continuing or lasting through a person’s life.
Shrinking – to become smaller in amount, size, or value.
Teen – someone who is between 13 and 19 years old.
Fielding – to deal with or respond to (something, such as a telephone call or a request).
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