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Japan's 'geisha guys' the latest accessory
by Stefanie at 12:01 pm EDT, Apr 7, 2008

It's a dizzying reversal of traditional gender roles in a country long known for geishas pampering male clients with conversation, singing and dancing. Now a new breed of entertainer has cropped up -- think of them as male geishas.

"I give women things that men normally don't do, like complimenting their appearance," says one host, 24-year-old Yunosuke [pictured right], who only goes by his single host name. "I make women happy."

"Women see us as one of their accessories," he says. "They like to wear nice things, so I try to look prettier for them all the time."

In that photo, Yunosuke reminds me of Gackt of Malice Mizer.


 
RE: Japan's 'geisha guys' the latest accessory
by janelane at 5:16 pm EDT, Apr 8, 2008

It's a dizzying reversal of traditional gender roles in a country long known for geishas pampering male clients with conversation, singing and dancing. Now a new breed of entertainer has cropped up -- think of them as male geishas.

That's all well and good if the man you're with actually looks like a man. Replace that guy with this guy, and they might be on to something.




-janelane


  
RE: Japan's 'geisha guys' the latest accessory
by Stefanie at 10:04 am EDT, Apr 9, 2008

janelane wrote:
That's all well and good if the man you're with actually looks like a man. Replace that guy with this guy, and they might be on to something.

lol - Most American women would probably agree with you, although Brad is a bit of a pretty boy himself, compared to some men.

Given the popularity of manga, anime, and visual kei in Japan, perhaps Japanese women are more appreciative of the bish┼Źnen factor. Also, if it really is a gender-reversed continuation of the geisha tradition, it stands to reason that male geisha's would be the delicate, beautiful types. Otherwise, they'd just be regular gigolos.

Speaking of Brad Pitt, I recently watched Troy on Blu-ray, and Brad certainly looks masculine in high definition... albeit, in a pretty sort of way.


 
 
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