6 Facts about Japanese Geishas 

Do you know what a geisha is? What is their history in Japan? Are they really prostitutes?  We made a small compilation to explain about the geishas in a simple and practical way.     

Geisha or Geisha [芸者] are Japanese women who study the millenary tradition of art, dance and singing.  In Japan, being a geisha is a cultural condition, symbolic and full of status, delicacy and tradition. 

They work in places called ochaya, which are tea houses where they offer entertainment that consists of conversations, flirtation, drinks, traditional games, musical shows, singing and dancing.  

On the contrary, Geishas were created for entertainment without sex, they were forbidden to sell sex.  The geisha's clients sometimes fall in love and are deceived, but they must come to terms with the reality that they will never have a geisha in their arms.  

Geisha were also not allowed to engage in serious relationships.  If they decided to marry, for example, the geisha was forced to retire permanently from the profession. 

Gion Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, and also the longest taking place throughout the month of July.  This festival is held in Kyoto in the Gion geisha district. This is a festival full of attractions. 

Kyoto has several geisha or hanamachi districts, known for their Ochaya teahouses.  The atmosphere of the hanamachi brings you back to the Edo era, most of these districts are filled with restaurants and nightlife.