Are Geisha Prostitutes? Hidden Japanese Culture

Many foreigners ask me about geisha. They often say “Are geisha prostitutes?” 

So today, I thought I’d talk about real geisha!
There are many stories about how geisha began. But, this is a hentai channel, So I’m going to introduce the most interesting one!

1.What is a geisha?

A geisha is a high-class entertainer who performs Japanese dances and plays instruments like the shamisen. They help to carry on these traditional arts

The world of geisha is called the “karyukai”  and there are still some kagai, or geisha districts, where Geisha exist in Japan. Gion is the most famous district in Kyoto, while in Tokyo it is Shinbashi. 

A geisha’s job is to play traditional instruments, dance and entertain customers through games and conversation, to allow them to relax and have fun. By the way, they never provide sexual services. So you can say that now Geisha aren’t prostitutes.

But when you look back at history, it is complicated….


2. The Origin of Geisha is Women’s Kabuki?


It’s said that the origin of geisha lies in onna-kabuki, or women’s kabuki. Women’s kabuki is also the precursor to modern day kabuki, which is one of Japan’s popular traditional performing arts. A woman named “Okuni” dressed up like a man and started dancing.

They imitated “Kabukimono” – kabukimono were men in gangs who dressed in flamboyant clothing and were famous for doing crazy things. For example, performers expressed through dance a man having sex with a woman in a teahouse. This style of dance, called kabuki dance, became very popular.

So many female performers made groups and imitated that performance.
And they incorporated shamisen. Over time, this became women’s kabuki.
You could say that the origin of our most popular traditional performing art is a female Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Of course not only on the stage, they also danced on the futon after the event. Women’s kabuki shows combined entertainment and sex. After their performance,

people could enjoy not only the banquet hall but the dancer’s hole.

The government was afraid of the women’s kabuki movement because it looked like a crazy gangbang party. So they prohibited women from taking part in kabuki and tried to separate entertainment and sex. The government then created Yoshiwara, a legal red-light district, and they clamped down on performers who also provide sexual services and sent them to Yoshiwara.

Almost 300 years before the Netherlands legalized prostitution, Japan made a legal prostitution area. 

Believe it or not, in the Edo period we were very forward-thinking.

But some female kabuki performers avoid being arrested and they started private businesses in the city. A young performer and a middle-aged performer teamed up and provided private performances for rich men. The young woman danced and the middle-aged woman played the shamisen. These kinds of private performers became very popular.

They created a fun atmosphere and entertained men in banquet halls.
As well as between the sheets. Although there are various theories,
It is said that these kinds of female performers were called geisha.


3.Fukagawa Geisha and Yoshiwara Geisha


In Tokyo, Fukagawa is known for being the birthplace of geisha. There was a river and there were few fires, so many merchants and restaurants moved to this area. Many Okabasho, or non-certified whore houses started doing business there.

That’s why many female performers gathered in this area.
They provided dancing and music not only to liven up the atmosphere but also to liven up dicks as necessary.

The Fukagawa geisha were famous for 2 distinctive features. One was performing, and the second was sexual things.
However, they said publicly that “the Fukagawa geisha don’t provide sexual services, we are geisha.”

But everyone knew that was tatemae, which means public facade.
Even the governor understood that it was tatemae. So the Fukagawa geisha were not certified by the governor.

To be honest, the Fukagawa geisha provided both performances and sex. But if they provided sexual services easily, they would be looked down upon by people and called toko-geisha, or futon geisha.
To keep being valuable, the important thing was to rarely provide sexual services.

Even though sometimes they actually were sluts.
The same as Christian women.

Women who rarely had a sex with customers made men so excited, because they thought they might become one of those special customers. So they spent a lot of money.
This stupid desire was inherited by – Japanese men who often go to kyabakura or hostesses and hope to become special customers.

To become a popular geisha, how often you had sex was often more important than the frequency of your performances. There was often an inverse relationship between how often you had sex and your popularity.
So I would definitely say that geisha and prostitutes are very different.
Because geisha could choose their customers and when they accepted them.
(Although maybe not every time)

One time, 115 geisha in Fukagawa who provided sexual services were arrested and transferred to the Yoshiwara red right district.
In Yoshiwara, they divided up the prostitutes and performers. They forced talented performers to devote themselves to performing.
Then they called them Yoshiwara geisha.

The Yoshiwara geisha were certified as real geisha by the governor.
So they could call themselves “geisha”. But they were allowed to perform only in the Yoshiwara district. They didn’t have any freedom.
May be, among the common people they were seen as ‘fake’ geisha who only provided performances. 

4. Yanagibashi Geisha

Once Fukagawa became popular as a geisha area, many geisha openly provided sexual services – then Fukagawa gradually lost its dignity and declined. Instead of Fukagawa, the Yanagibashi area became popular as a geisha area in Tokyo until the Meiji era.

The reason why Yanagibashi became more popular than the Fukagawa area was because Fukagawa became more like a red right district.
On the other hand, the Yanagibashi area provided sexual services very secretly. They showed their tatemae, or the public facade that they only provide performances, very well.

Then beneath the tatemae, people enjoyed having sex.


5. New Geisha

During the Meiji era, Japan tried to westernize the country and prohibited human trade.
As a result, many prostitutes and geisha were released and became free.
Then the old geisha system was gone but a new system started.
Now only people over 18 years old can become geisha – or over 15 in Kyoto, but with permission from their parents.

By the way, one of the reasons that foreigners think geishas are prostitutes is that after World War 2, while under American occupation, many Japanese prostitutes dressed up and pretended to be geisha and provided sexual services.

American soldiers misunderstood and thought that Geisha!!!

They believe they experienced a real geisha’s futon performance.
But they just enjoyed a fake geisha’s hentai roleplaying service. 

So, coming directly from a Japanese person, I say to you:
“Geisha don’t provide sexual services, I promise.”

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