Although nowadays Japan is highly developed in technicals, the traditions are still important in Japanese people's life and still have their importance in spite of modernization.
Geishas are connected to the old traditions, the word's meaning is „Beauty person". „Gei" means arts and performance, and „Sha" means people. They are like hostesses, but they are notprostitutes. It is a century old profession, which became only in the 18th century a female profession, before that geishas were only men. Their job is to skillfully entertain in high classes, so they need to be trained in many traditional Japanese arts.They start their training while they are teenagers (when they are 17 years old), and they get to the maiko houses. Herethey learn about arts, calligraphy, ancient dance, singing, playing instruments and Sado (tea ceremony) poetry. And also they are taught flower arrangment, wearing kimono, conversation and alcohol serving. These women are talented, but even after becoming a geisha, they take lessons to improve their skills.
Geishas dress in kimonos and wear a wall-white makeup, where their lips are painted red (for younger geishas just the upper lip). Their hair is up in coiffuries. Even their hands are painted white.
In the Tea houses there is a hierarhic relationship, just like in families. At the top is the mother and each geisha has a senior elder sister, who helps her carrying on her training.
Geishas are in a district called hanamachi. They used to entertain visitors in o-chaya which is a kind of teahouse, but its purpose is morelike holding banquettes and dinners there. O-chayas are Japanese-type houses built from wood. There live also the maikos (they are the young geishas). Nowadays geishas' number is expanding (it is less than a thousand) and they can found mostly in Kyoto and Osaka.
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