10 Facts About Japanese Geisha You Should Know

Geisha are beautiful Japanese women entertainers at events including tea parties who primarily entertain guests with their singing, dancing and playing traditional Japanese musical instruments. Not only are these women very beautiful but very talented too and their lives are nothing short of a mystery to an outsider who sees a geisha in her element. If you too are awestruck with them, read on these 10 facts about Japanese geisha that should know to break the mystery.

#1. The biggest myth


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Many westerners often mistake a geisha for a prostitute but that is not the case. A geisha sells her skills to entertain which is a quite different job description than that of a prostitute.

#2. Okiya

A house where geisha live is called an okiya. Usually, many geisha live under the same roof and take on apprentice geisha (maiko) as their “little sister”. it is the duty of the apprentice geisha to look after the household and perform chores while completing their training.

#3. Maiko


A maiko is an apprentice geisha or a geisha in training. They differ from a geisha who has completed her training. A maiko can also be recognized by her more colorful kimono and a different hairstyle than a geisha.

#4. Male geisha

There was once a time when male geisha existed and they were expected to entertain guests. It was during the Edo period in Osaka and Kyoto that geisha meant a houkan which meant en entertainer. By the Meiji era, Geisha came to symbolize women.

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