“It is said that what is called ‘the spirit of an age’ is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today’s world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.” These words by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, recorded in *Hagakure Kikigaki*, epitomise perfectly the Samurai.
Both defying and defining convention, the Geisha is an ultramodern product of a truly ancient tradition. A living work of art, an independent and self-sufficient woman, a wise and worldly scholar and a person of low birth who enjoys high social standing, she is one thing above all others: in control of her own destiny. As multifaceted and sought after as the rarest diamond, the Geisha is a chameleon who is at once all things and no thing. She can run circles around her politically minded friends in conversations about economy and foreign policy.