Why the “white face”?
Do you paint your face for our date?
Why are there two/three lines of naked skin on the back of Maiko’s neck?
Why are arms and hands not painted white?
Technically speaking, Geisha’s make-up is much more than just white. It is an artistic combination of white, red and black. Maiko have more red blended into their make-up to emphasise their youth; Geiko have less to stress their maturity and skills.
The white-painted face of Geisha is nothing symbolistic (sexual or non-sexual). On the contrary, it has a function similar to stage lighting. In the old days when there was only dim candle light, white make-up was made a tradition for Geisha and Kabuki performers, to give the guests/audience a clearer look of their facial expressions.
In other words, Geisha’s face is the stage, and she herself is the living theatre.
The only element of eroticism is the naked skin. As you can see, Maiko have two lines of naked skin, three on important occasions, on the back of their neck. That is a symbol of the erotic femininity – a sneak peek of the beauty hidden under the white ‘mask’.
The reason why hands and arms are not painted is quite similar. They’re naked not only for the convenience of handling objects, it’s said by a Geisha friend that when she wants to show affection to her favourite client on a banquet, she’ll subtly show a little bit of naked skin on the inside of her forearm, and that small gesture, can keep him excited for a long time.
It is entirely your choice if you want to see me with or without the white make-up.
If you wish for an extravagant Geisha experience, book a private banquet with me and indulge yourself in this 400 years old art.
If you wish for casual yet sophisticated company. I’ll come to you with light, modern make-up and tastefully styled hair. We can enjoy the thick, fragrant Uji Matcha, or a hearty meal with warm sake.
Tell me what it is that you desire.
Until we meet…