Feb. 15, 1965, was the first day of Mineko Iwasaki's life as a geisha. Wrapped in a turquoise-and-orange satin kimono, hair piled atop her head and secured with red silk bands, face covered in a wash of white makeup, the young maiko
, or novice geisha, was readyand she wasn't the only one. When Iwasaki stepped outside her home, she was greeted by applause and congratulations from a swarm of admirers who had come for a glimpse of the young geisha's debut.
Almost four decades later, Iwasaki is having a new debutand this one has been just as anticipated....
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