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Geishas, members of Japan's fading profession

Published on Aug 11, 2012 12:16 PM

(REUTERS) - Recent and archive images of geishas, who are members of a centuries-old Japanese profession of female entertainers celebrated for their beauty, skill at traditional dance and music and witty conversation.

Featured in the gallery are images of 29-year-old Chinese geisha trainee Rinka, who is hoping to take her place among the ranks of Japan's ancient but fading profession.