Shikomi 2: Role Play
Thoughts from the Tao Te Ching
The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
Shikomi 1: ROLE PLAY BASICS
What is Role Play (RP) in the online multi-player gaming world?
It is like the pretending games we played as children where we "became" a princess, a horse, a teacher, a magician, etc
In the online gaming world we choose and "play" a character - like acting on a stage, where we assume anything from a certain role in the game - mother, daughter, wizard, dragon, monk, warrior, geisha --and we act out that role with associated others.
In Amatsu Okiya SecondLife, we RP the idea of a geisha school with ranks ranging through shikomi, minarai, maiko, geisha, Okaasan. Sometimes others we associate with include teahouse patrons, benefactors, samurai, danna, hogosha, etc.
There are some RP terms that are good to know, use and teach to others
Character: everyone in a game is called a character
Player character (PCs) play the main roles in a game - all activities center around them (this is what we are)
Non-player character (NPC) are those who act on the periphery - they may associate with PCs from time-to-time, but are not a critical part of the play. An NPC may even be a "statue".
Out-of-character (OOC): anything a character says outside their role - like asking a question not pertaining to the role (best to do this in IM)
Example: if you went to a stage play, you would not expect the actors on that stage or the audience members to start talking about their family or how they had to leave to go to the store.
This is very critical for you to understand. As geisha and students of an okya we portray appropriate speech and behavior in chat and dress. When we are wearing our tag or attending other okiya, we stay In Character (IC) do not break the mood and flow by becoming OOC in open chat - especially at critical times like when we are putting on a performance or attending one - mind your manners.
The Best way to learn RP is to observe your older sisters in social interactions --at other okiya, during tea service, with guests, during performances. Also as you progress through these lessons you will learn speech and manners to bring you into our culture in a unique and fun manner.
The following are some roles you may encounter
Okaasan - mother
The 'mother' of the okiya
Leader and head of the Geisha House (okiya)
Delegates tasks and responsibilities
Oversees and teaches lessons, approves lesson content
Simple kimono or yukata for daily wear, formal kimono for attending certain events or visiting, performance kimono suiting performing event
Her hair is up or down but always neat. Traditional geiko style hair when visiting or may have show hair for performances
Conservative makeup - unless performing or in a formal situation, where she may wear traditional white shironuri make-up
Appropriate to situation. May be extraordinarily polite, playful, quiet, gentle and also become impatient like anyone. At times Okaasan offers correction and discipline
Sometimes "absent-minded"---when it suits her or to teach others responsibility. You might hear her say. "I cannot remember that. What do you remember?"
You will treat Okaasan with reverence, respect and obedience. You will be loyal and support her. You will allow her to enter a room first, do not sit until she sits and indicates you may be seated. What are some other ways you can think of to demonstrate respect for your Okaasan?
A Senior Geisha is granted the title because she has demonstrated dedication to the okya and to Okaasan