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Geisha misconception

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This is another presentation I made about the common misconception of geisha being professional prostitutes. This will be a part of the Intro to Japanese course on memrise.com.

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Geisha misconception

  1. 1. The wor d gei shat ends t o conj ur eup a cer t ai nim age.
  2. 2. But , i n f act , t he wor dgei sha m eans som hi ng etl i ke ar t - doer . I n ot herwor ds, an ar t i st .
  3. 3. Act ual l y, t hey have t o got hr ough sever al year s ofexpensi ve t r ai ni ng bef or ebecom ng f ul l gei sha. i
  4. 4. Pr e- 20 t h Cent ur y, gi r l s st ar t edt r ai ni ng as ear l y as 4. Not an actual geisha trainee
  5. 5. Gei sha st i l l l ear n t he t r adi t i onalar t s l i ke pl ayi ng sham sen,ishakuhachi , and dr um s. They al sol ear n ot her t r adi t i onal ar t s l i kecal l i gr aphy, dances and t eacer em ony.
  6. 6. In m oder n Japan, you wi l lr ar el y see gei sha on t hest r eet .
  7. 7. The gei sha you do see ar eof t en t our i st s who pay t o dr essup as gei sha. Wig Kimono are way too gaudy.
  8. 8. Gei sha now per f or m at t eahouses, ochaya or t r adi t i onalJapanese r est aur ant s, r yot ei . Source: http://ochaya.kyo2.jp
  9. 9. They ar e pai d by t he num ber ofi ncense st i cks t hat bur n dur i ngt hei r per f or mance and di f f er entgei sha have di f f er ent senkodai ori ncense st i ck f ee.
  10. 10. Ther e have been a f ew non- Japanesegei sha. The most not abl e west er ni s Fi ona Gr aham who i s f r om ,Aust r al i a.
  11. 11. I n Febr uar y 2011, t he AsakusaGei sha associ at i on al l egedl ydi saf f i l i at ed her .
  12. 12. So, wher e does t hi sm sconcept i on of gei sha as ipr ost i t ut es com f r om e ? = ?
  13. 13. W l , shor t l y af t er W l d W el or arI I , pr of essi onal pr ost i t ut esf ashi oned t hem sel ves as “ gei shagi r l s” . Geisha Girl?
  14. 14. At t he sam t i m e e, not m any r ealgei sha wer e wor ki ng, so t hat show gei sha cam t o be esynonym ous wi t h pr ost i t ut es.

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