The Apprentice Geisha

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A couple of weeks ago a fellow Tweeter (?) and blogger,  Ris,  invited people to comment about a BBC documentary on  a 15 year old girl who decided to skip high school to become a Maiko.

If you have an hour spare, check it out. There’s even an explanation for the white makeup.

Yukina aka Kikuyu
Yukina aka Kikuyu

You have to give credit to Yukina for her passion and dedication but also to her mother for trusting her daughter AND believing in her, not to mention her Maiko sisters.

Americans love the idea of being strong and independent. We live in an individualistic society in contrast to Japan’s collectivistic society. However, no matter how you look at it (in both cultures) you’re only as strong as the people who support you.

My 2¢.

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Author: hikikomori78

American Hikikomori is an upcoming short film that explores the emotional struggles of a Japanese teenager named Isamu Fujihara, when he moves to America.

One thought on “The Apprentice Geisha”

  1. Very interesting documentation. I agree with you, that you are only as strong as the people supporting you. If her mother had not been supportive I don’t think it would have been possible.

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