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geisha, geisha girl (a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing)

stages of training
Traditionally, Geisha began their training at a very young age.Although some girls were bonded to geisha houses (okiya) as children, this was not a common practice in reputable districts. Daughters of geisha were often brought up as geisha themselves, usually as thesuccessor (atotori, meaning "heiress") or daughter-role (musume-bun) to the okiya.
After a short period of time the final of training begins, and the students are called maiko. Maiko (literally"dance girl") are apprentice geisha, and this stage can last for years. Maiko learns from their senior geisha mentor and follows them around to all their engagements.
When a girl is around 20-22, themaiko is promoted to a full-fledged geisha in a ceremony called erikae (turning of the collar)[1][2]. This could happen after two to five years of her life as a maiko or hangyoku, depending on at what ageshe debuted. She now charges full price for her time. Geisha remain as such until they retire.

modern geisha
Modern geisha still live in traditional geisha houses called okiya in areas calledhanamachi particularly during their apprenticeship. Many experienced geisha are successful enough to choose to live independently. The elegant, high-culture world that geisha are a part of is calledkaryūkai . in now days women can start their training after completing middle school, junior high school, or even high school, or college. Many women begin their careers in adulthood. Geisha stillstudy traditional instruments: the shamisen, shakuhachi, and drums, as well as traditional songs, Japanese traditional dances, tea ceremony
Geisha and prostitution
There remains some confusion, evenwithin Japan, about the nature of the geisha profession. Geisha are regarded as prostitutes by many[citation needed] non-Japanese. However, legitimate geisha do not engage in paid sex with clients....
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