Geisha trainee puts finishing touches to her costume
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The Chinese girl training to keep Japan's geisha tradition alive

7 August 2012 Last updated at 17:35 BST

With fewer women becoming geishas than ever before in Japan, it is feared that the ancient art, in which female entertainers are celebrated for their beauty, traditional dances, and witty conversations, is dwindling.

But Chinese national Rinka, formally known as Zhang Xue in her homeland, is training to keep the tradition alive.

Xiaoyun Yao reports.