芸者. Geisha. Geisha , or geiko is a term used to refer to traditional Japanese entertainers. Literal Translations: Geisha- artist Geiko - woman of art. Geisha • 芸者 • Geiko • 芸子. Common Misconceptions.
Geisha, or geiko is a term used to refer to traditional Japanese entertainers.
Geiko- woman of artGeisha • 芸者 • Geiko • 芸子
“No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling.” –Mineko Iwasaki
The okiya is the Japanese lodging house where shikomi, maiko, and geisha reside.
お母さんThe Tea House •置屋• Okiya
Maiko often become Geisha after a period of 5 years in a process called erikae.
Face paint only on ceremony
Kimonos are less complex
Twice the salaryGeisha • 芸者
Geiko is a term used specifically in Kyoto, where the profession is steeped in more tradition than in other areas of Japan.Geiko • 芸子
Traditionally, the process of becoming a geisha took much more work than it does today.
Most girls are required to complete basic schooling before becoming geisha
In a ceremony called hiki-iwai, geisha retire. They may then take to running their own okiya or leave the business entirelyHiki-Iwai