June 22, by TOKI. At the same time however, many people aren't very familiar with what exactly a geisha is, and so we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce our readers to an important part of traditional Japanese entertainment and hospitality culture! Geishaat the most fundamental level, are professional entertainers.
During that time, all the young trainees sleep and eat with their proprietress and senior geisha, who are called geiko in Kyoto. Trainees are immersed in what they must learn to work in the geisha quarters. In Komaya, a geisha house, nine trainees, geiko and maiko live.
She and her companion, Teruha, stand at the front of a room in the Hachioji area of Tokyo in Japan on each side of a small taiko drum. Everyone does. She then explains the rules as rock-paper-scissors with a twist— literally.
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Geisha have always trained in secret. But this plan opens up that world to outsiders for the first time. This makes it possible for you to see how geisha and trainee geisha learn.
The first step towards becoming a geisha is to be accepted into an okiya, a geisha house. The okiya will pay for the training. This female owner of the okiya is the okami or okasan.
The geisha tradition began in Japan during the 18th century. The original performers were men who, like court jesters, would entertain rich and powerful clients through musical performance, dance and storytelling. As times changed, so too did the profession, with women turning the role into the one we see today.
Geisha are professional entertainers who are well-versed in the high arts and culture of Japan. They are not to be confused with prostitutes. Eventually, training progresses to focus on mastery of the traditional Japanese arts and hospitality skills.
A young woman's first step toward becoming a geisha is to apply and be accepted into an okiyaa geisha house owned by the woman who will pay for her training. This woman is the okami or okasan. Okasan is Japanese for "mother.