Memoirs of a Pet Society Geisha
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The following story is by Ben Zoate, who's been having fun with the Japanese-themed items in Pet Society.
Late morning, Gretchen wakes up in her okiya, where many geishas live. A bottle of sake, a Japanese alcohol, sits out from the night before.
A busy day ahead of her, Gretchen picks out her kimono and hair ornaments for her trip to the hairdresser. She wears a type of lacquered shoe called zori.
After a grueling few hours getting her hair molded with hot wax, Gretchen returns to her okiya for a quick snack before a lunchtime appointment. No sashimi for you today, Kitty!
Geishas are skilled entertainers. In fact, the closest English translation for "geisha" is "artist." Trained in various arts, Gretchen will entertain her patron with witty conversation, a dance performance, or music played on a traditional instrument while he eats lunch at a local teahouse.
It is very uncommon for a geisha to let her hair down, but Gretchen is tired after a long night of entertaining many patrons at many parties. Back at the okiya, she enjoys a late-night treat before getting some sleep in preparation for tomorrow...Sayonara!
or more information about geishas, check out Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World
, Memoirs of a Geisha
(book, movie) or this article on Marie Claire
about the the first Western geisha
in Japan. Or search for other sources