The last geisha | The Independent - Geisha danna mizuage
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Mizuage (水揚げ, lit. "hoisting from water") was a ceremony undergone by a Japanese maiko (apprentice geisha) to signify her coming of age. It celebrates the. Geisha (芸者) geiko (芸子), or geigi (芸妓) are Japanese women who entertain through Personal relationships and danna partnership; "Geisha (Gee-sha) . virginity being auctioned to a patron - a practice referred to as mizuage.