I had fun with this prompt. The image of the 3 Geisha is from Tumblefish Studio. Marsha has some dynamite kits available at Deviant Scrap. The backgrounds have been altered in color to better match the kimono in the image. The background, bamboo, and frame are from Erica Belton at Digital Scrapbook Place.
It's no secret that I have a fascination with Geisha. I find that a woman who will dedicate her life to the arts and the pursuit of beauty a wonderful thing. Geisha are misunderstood by most and cherished as icons in Japan. But in truth, they are "arts person" which is one translation of the word Geisha.
I chose the image of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak, no evil" not just because it is a really nice image, but because these women are prized not only for their intelligence, graciousness, beauty, and talent, but also because they can be trusted never to divulge what is said during the course of an evening. They know everyone and no one all at the same time. They can hear much and speak little.
It is a fear that the Geisha tradition is going to die out. Fewer woman decide to turn the collar of their kimono from red of a Maiko (an apprentice) to white, becoming full Geisha. The turning of the collar, making it past the training period and embracing the life and business of being Geisha is a long, hard, well thought out process for any woman.
As much as I would love the opportunity to see and meet Geisha, I will not have that privilege in my life. So, I scan images on the internet and read books by those who have been lucky enough to part the bamboo screen and enter the Flower and Willow world.
If there is anyone reading this who have postcards of Geisha and would like to trade with me for one of my postcards, please contact me!