Japan's First Western Geisha

By Abigail Haworth

November 4, 2009 12:00 AM
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Fiona Graham, who goes by her geisha name of Sayuki, on a Tokyo subway train.
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Sayuki at her dressing table.
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Sayuki primps for a banquet by applying thick white rice-powder paint and black eyeliner, a look that's reminiscent of 17th-century fashions.
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Sayuki applies black eyeliner.
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Sayuki dons several layers of lingerie that she wears beneath her kimono.
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Sayuki wears shoes that are too small to make her feet look more petite.
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Sayuki and fellow geisha Azuha head home from a banquet.
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