Of all the operas that end in personal tragedy, none is more heartbreaking than the story of a Japanese geisha who renounces her native culture for the love of a feckless American sailor.
It tells the story of a girl's life as a geisha that is full of struggle but with a happy ending.
The point is not that he was, but that the geisha can make the dullest, most unattractive, paunchy, middle-aged office worker feel that he is the sexiest man alive.
Then someone told her he'd seen the play and had a flashing vision of a Japanese geisha in a similar garden setting.
Meanwhile in Japan, a geisha is made pregnant by an abusive Englishman, who abandons her.
Thus from the beginning there was always a firm distinction - in theory, at least - between the courtesans, who had a monopoly on sex, and the geisha , whose job was to entertain.
The Japanese geisha waits for her American navy husband's return.
It's exactly the same attitude, despite all the fascination heaped on them, that people had towards the geisha in Japan.
geisha, attracted to the dance, adapted it for use with their clients
Many Chinese are distrustful of her success in the West and suspicious that she is playing a Japanese geisha in a big Hollywood film.