Geisha
Geisha (芸者), geiko (芸子) or geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, ga...
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Memoirs of a Geisha: Chiyo's Geisha transformation
A clip from Memoirs of a Geisha: The montage of Chiyo's transformation into a geisha, Sayuri.
Looking for Geishas in the Gion and Pontocho, Kyoto
Geishas are very elusive and difficult to spot in Kyoto even though there is a larger percentage of them working in the various restaurants and establishments in the ‘geisha districts’ of Gion and Pon...
Geisha - Real life geishas
Geishas...are they artists or courtesans? Glimpse into the secret lives of this mysterious beauties and their ancient rituals See All National Geographic Vid...
Geiko
Geisha (芸者), geiko (芸子) or geigi (芸妓) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance, ga...
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Maiko
Maiko (舞妓) is an apprentice Geiko (not exactly same as geisha) in Kyoto, western Japan. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrumen...
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Mizuage
Mizuage (水揚げ, lit. "hoisting from water") was a ceremony undergone by a Japanese maiko (apprentice geisha) to signify her coming of age. When the older geisha (in charge of the maiko's training) c...
Okiya
An okiya (置屋) is the lodging house in which a maiko or geisha lives during the length of her nenki (contract or career as a geisha).A young woman's first step toward becoming a geisha is to be acc...
Hanamachi
Hanamachi (花街, hanamachi) is a Japanese geisha district. The word's literal meaning is "flower town". Such districts contain various okiya (geisha houses) and ochaya (teahouses).Historically, ...
Sada Abe
Sada Abe (阿部 定, Abe Sada, May 28, 1905 – after 1970) was a Japanese woman who is remembered for erotically asphyxiating her lover, Kichizo Ishida (石田 吉蔵, Ishida Kichizō), on May 18, 19...
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Ichiriki Ochaya
135°46′30″E / 35.003496°N 135.775051°E / 35.003496; 135.775051Ichiriki Chaya (一力茶屋, Ichiriki Teahouse) (formally Ichiriki-tei (一力亭, Ichiriki House)) is one of the most...
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Mineko Iwasaki
Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子, Iwasaki Mineko) also known as Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 究香, Iwasaki Mineko), born Masako Tanaka (田中 政子, Tanaka Masako, born November 2, 1949), is a Japanese bus...
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Yoarashi Okinu
Yoarashi Okinu (夜嵐 おきぬ, ca.1845 - March 28, 1872) is the moniker of Harada Kinu (原田 きぬ), who was a Japanese female poisoner and geisha and lived from the end of the Edo era to the beginning of the...
Sada Yacco
Sada Yacco or Sadayakko (川上 貞奴, Kawakami Sadayakko, July 18, 1871 - December 7, 1946) was a Japanese geisha, actress and dancer.
Sada Koyama was born July 18, 1871, the youngest of twelve ...
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Oiran
Oiran (花魁) were courtesans in Japan. The oiran were considered a type of yūjo (遊女) "woman of pleasure" or prostitute. However, they are distinguished from ordinary yūjo in that they were ente...
Taikomochi
The taikomochi (太鼓持) or hōkan (幇間), were the original male geisha of Japan.
The Japanese version of the jester, these men were once attendants to daimyo (feudal lords) from the 13th century, origi...
Shirabyoshi
Shirabyōshi (白拍子) were female dancers, prominent in the Japanese Imperial Court, who performed traditional Japanese dances (the dances themselves were also called shirabyōshi). They danced dressed...
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Kisaeng
Kisaeng (also spelled gisaeng), sometimes called ginyeo (기녀), were officially sanctioned Korean female courtesans. Kisaeng are artists who work to entertain others, such as the yangbans and kings.Firs...
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Yiji
A yiji (Chinese: 艺妓) was a high-class courtesan in ancient China. Yiji were rarely involved in direct sex trade but rather performed music and arts such as poetry to please dignitaries and intell...
Ichiriki Chaya
135°46′30″E / 35.003496°N 135.775051°E / 35.003496; 135.775051Ichiriki Chaya (一力茶屋, Ichiriki Teahouse) (formally Ichiriki-tei (一力亭, Ichiriki House)) is one of the most...
Ichiriki Chaya - Wikipedia
Erikae
Erikae (襟替え, the turning of the collar) is a ceremony where a maiko (an apprentice geisha) becomes a geisha and begins to wear the white collar of a geisha instead of the red worn by apprentices...
Fiona Graham
Fiona Caroline Graham (born 1961 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian anthropologist who works as a geisha in Japan. She made her formal debut as a geisha in 2007 in the Asakusa district of Tokyo...
Katsutaro Kouta
Katsutaro Kouta (小唄 勝太郎, Kouta Katsutarō, November 6, 1904 – June 21, 1974) was a Japanese female geisha and ryūkōka singer. The genre like her songs was called "New-Minyo". The era when she h...
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Nihongami
Nihongami (日本髪 nihon gami), is one of many traditional Japanese hairstyles, dating to the Edo period, today most often seen on maiko (geisha apprentices). Traditionally, two sides of the hair stick ou...
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Chishō Takaoka
Chishō Takaoka (高岡 智照 April 22, 1896 – October 22, 1995) was a geisha in Shinbashi who became a Buddhist nun later in life. Her stage name was Chiyoha (千代葉) or Teruha (照葉), while her real name...
Chishō Takaoka - Wikipedia