Bebe Taian: Culture is Not a Costume

October 28, 2013

Culture is Not a Costume


A quick note once again about Halloween costumes: 

Please, please don't go as a geesha girl, or the "samurai geisha princess" or whatever is the new "Japanese" trend this year. Cosplaying an anime character is usually fine, so long as you don't do yellowface or anything like that. Cosplaying a geisha, depending on how well it's done and how you carry it off, maybe. But remember that most geisha don't wear whiteface except for dance performances and on special requests, there's none of this "heart-shaped lip thing", or the two big doll-like dots on the cheeks, or any of that. And no eating utensils in the hair! 

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