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Geisha are traditional female entertainers from Japan. They are skilled at various Japanese arts, such as classical music, dancing, and poetry. The word “geisha” comes from (GEI) meaning “art” and (SHA) meaning “person.” Thus, in a literal sense, a geisha is an artist. In the modern era, about 80,000 geisha were working in Japan in the 1920’s. But it is estimated that only 1000 to 2000 geisha are working today.
The geisha tradition is oldest, strongest, and most common in Kyoto. To become a geisha, a woman will undergo five years of training that require much discipline. In this process, the geisha disciplines herself to become like a work of art. A geisha-in-training is called a “maiko,” from (MAI) meaning “dancing” and (KO) meaning “child.” A maiko usually wears white make-up and a kimono made of brilliant colors. This is the common stereotype of the geisha in the popular imagination. However, a full geisha wears simpler kimonos and only uses white make-up on special occasions.
The style of a geisha is elegant. A first-class and virtuous geisha is discreet, intelligent, and she excels at conversation and wit. Her work is not sexual, but a geisha will tease and joke with men, yet in an artful and elegant way. Geisha almost never enter relationships with clients. And if they do, it is for the purpose of getting married. And if a geisha does marry, she will typically leave her artful profession behind.