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'Oriental Beauty' ~~ "Remember, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art."

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Taken during the Shichi-go-san celebration. Japan Boys and girls go to visit a shinto shrine with their parents to pray for health.

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七五三Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. "Seven-Five-Three") is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for the age of 3, 5 and 7. Boys get their time alone in the spotlight at 5, and girls at 7, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children.

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