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Monday, 23 March 2015


Geisha are traditional female Japanese entertainers, who are skilled at different Japanese arts, such as playing classical Japanese music, dancing and poetry. They act as hostesses and their main role is to entertain male customers.

The term "geisha" is made of two Japanese words, (gei) meaning "art" and (sha) meaning "person who does". The most literal translation of geisha to English is "artist".

In Kyoto, geishas are called Geiko. The geisha tradition is strong there and becoming a professional geisha (geiko) in Kyoto usually takes five years of training.

The first geisha were actually men, and they were known as Honko.

Apprentice geishas are called "maiko." This name is made of the Japanese words (mai) meaning "dancing" and (ko) meaning "child".

Apprentice geishas will dye their teeth black before becoming a fully qualified Geisha.

The traditional image of the geisha in white make-up and kimono of many bright colors is really the maiko. Full geishas wear simpler kimonos, and only use white make-up at special times.

A geisha's kimono can take up to three years to manufacture.

Many geishas prefer not to wear any kimono more than once.

Traditional geisha hairstyles can cause the hair to recede. This is why wigs are commonly worn by many geishas.

Geishas use safflower lipstick to color their lips red and add sugar to create a shine.

The mother of a Geisha house is called an Okasan. She is responsible for the education and the career of the geishas there.
Geishas are paid according to time consumption.


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