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date: 19 April 2024


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Michiko Y. AokiMichiko Y. Aoki

The term “geisha” evolved as a term for professional Japanese entertainers serving wealthy and powerful men in government and business who desired to meet one another. At parties geisha provided an atmosphere conducive to the interaction of clients and their guests. They were rigorously trained in traditional music and dancing and occasionally initiated witty conversations with guests. Although there is a lingering misconception that geisha are prostitutes, the fact is that they are respected, legally recognized professionals.... ...

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