preview

Research Paper On Geisia

Decent Essays
Similar to all nouns in the Japanese language, geisha, does not possess singular or plural forms. The word is composed of two kanji. The primary kanji, "gei", means art. The latter kanji, "sha", means person or doer. If you were to translate the word "geisha" to the English language, the most literal rendition would be "artist". There is another term that geishas go by and that is "geijo". This word is most commonly used to refer to geisha indigenous to western Japan, including Kyoto. Maiko, meaning "dance child", or hangyoku, meaning "half jewel", is the term used to address an apprentice geisha. On some occasions, the apprentice geisha may be referred to as o-shaku. This term translates to English as "one who pours (alcohol)". The image of a woman clothes in an elaborate kimono and wearing bleach-white make-up that often comes to mind when thinking of a geisha derives from this stage in the geisha's career. Though the majority of women training to be a geisha will endure this primary…show more content…
This is mainly due to the fact that men were not restricted to be faithful to their wives and it is not a Shinto taboo to accept this sexuality. The exemplary wife in traditional Japanese culture was modest, a mother, and the one that managed the home. Men did not turn to their wives to fulfil their sexual desires and romantic fantasies. Instead, the males would rely on courtesans to meet these needs. There were yukaku, or pleasure quarters, constructed in the 16th century. In 1617, the shogunate designated these pleasure quarters to be the only establishment in which prostitution was legal. The women that made their living within these walls were referred to as "yujo" and they were classified and licensed. The yujo of the highest stature within this society was the Geisha's predecessor. They were called tayuu. These women were a combination of prostitute and actress. These women often performed erotic dances and
Get Access