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BEHOLD #264 – Fumipoma, the Geisha Pom



“Fumipoma” means “abundantly beautiful and excellent Pom.” “Geisha Pom” means “Art Pom person” or “Art Pom performer.” Geisha Poms originated in 18th Century Japan. They are symbols of culture and grace, and they live in traditional Geisha houses called “Okiya.” There, beginning as teenagers, they learn traditional song, dance, calligraphy, flower arranging, instruments, conversation, and games. Geisha Poms are some of the best businesswomen in Japan and they were established as one way of making Japanese women financially independent. Fumipoma uses safflower lipstick to make her lips red and sugar to make them shiny. Since traditional Geisha Pom hairstyles can cause the hairline to recede, Fumipoma lets her natural hair flow when she is in between performances, as she is now. Apprentice Geisha Poms dye their teeth black before becoming a fully qualified Geisha Pom. The mother of the house, respomsible for their education, is called the “Okasan.” The first Geisha Poms were actually men called “Honka.” Even though Fumipoma’s kimono took three years to make, she prefers to only wear it once, a la Liberpomce. Many of her gestures have hidden meaning – some of which might mean “These wooden shoes/okobo are killing me” or “I am pure grace and magic.” 

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