25 definitions by mimosa 'mineko iwasaki'

1. Japanese word for Mother.

2. The owner or proprietress of an okiya. Always female. The maiko and geiko always call her Okasan (mother) out of respect.
Okasan greeted the maiko and geiko as they came inside her okiya.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 11, 2007
1. Japanese word for Mother.

2. The owner or proprietress of an okiya. Always female. The maiko and geiko always call her Okasan (mother) out of respect.
Okasan greeted the maiko and geiko as they came inside her okiya.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 16, 2007
In the world of geisha, the word onesan (pronounced oh-neh-sahn) means 'older sister'. Every maiko (apprentice geisha) has an onesan. When a maiko has her misedashi (formal debut) she goes through san san kudo. San san kudo is a binding ceremony, where a maiko and geiko (geisha) are legally bound as sisters. A maiko's onesan gives her advice and helps her in the complicated world of geisha. A maiko's onesan is always in the same hanamachi (geisha district).
Right now I am only a minarai, but when I have my misedashi, I will be formally bound with my onesan.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 16, 2007
A lodging house specifically for geisha. The inhabitants may include: Okasan (Mother, owner, proprietress), Geiko, Maiko, Shikomi, and Maids and/or Cook. Contrary to popular belief, men (except priests and dressers) are not allowed inside the okiya. Sexual relations in an okiya is frowned upon and rare.
When the two maiko finished class, they returned home to the okiya.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 08, 2007
Affectionate and personal Japanese suffix, attached to a shortened version of one's personal name. In Japan, one never does this to anyone above them, only those lower or equal.
My name is Mineko, but Okasan(Mother) calls me Mine-chan.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 14, 2007
Courtesan/Can Can Dancer at the 19th Century dance club, Moulin Rouge.
Nini legs in the Air is a Diamond Dog.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 14, 2007
Maiko literally means 'dancer'. A maiko is an apprentice geiko (geisha). Maiko exist in Kyoto only. Maiko have an older sister, bound to them. They call their older sisters onesan. The word maiko is pronounced: (my-koh)
I am a geiko of Gion Kobu, but last year I was still a maiko.
by Mimosa 'Mineko Iwasaki' January 18, 2007

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