When it comes to erotic history, Geishas are fascinating. They were artists, entertainers, and sometimes concubines. Fashion leaders and highly educated conversationalists. They knew how to cultivate desire and provide pleasure a thousand different ways. Here are 14 facts to give you a small taste of their immense culture.
- Geishas were not prostitutes. They were talented entertainers in song, music, storytelling, and dance.
- Yes they were paid companions for wealthy men, but much of their massive allure was insightful conversation. Geishas were well educated so that powerful men could enjoy talking with them.
- But it wasn’t all talk. The mizuage was a coming-of-age ceremony celebrated when a geisha-in-training was ready to become a full-on geisha. It often involved selling her virginity to the highest bidder.
- A danna is a man who fully supports a geisha by paying for all of her wants and needs. Basically, he pays to keep the geisha in a long-term arrangement and all to himself. (Sex is okay with a danna.)
- The perfect hair and makeup. The elaborate and beautiful kimono. The artful, coy, mysterious personae. All cultivated to create desire and the illusion of female perfection.
- Training to be a geisha takes almost as long as it takes to become a doctor.
- A kaburenjo is a school dedicated to training geisha. In addition to musical arts, dance, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, languages, and calligraphy, geishas are also taught to be graceful and things like “how to flatter a shy man, an arrogant man, and a disinterested man with equal success.”
- Geisha districts are called hanamachi or flower towns and the most popular ones are located in Tokyo and Kyoto.
- A geisha’s kimono exposes her neckline. In Japan, they consider it the most sensual part of a woman.
- A geisha exposing her bare wrist while serving tea was also believed to be very erotic and a sign of seduction.
- A geisha’s hairstyle, makeup, and kimono change to reflect different levels of her career. When prostitution was legal in Japan, people were able to tell the difference between geishas and prostitutes based on how they dressed up.
- What about birth control? We read an account of geishas using bamboo paper (um?) and another of modern geishas using condoms. FYI: Japan didn’t allow the pill to be used as contraception until 1999.
- The first geishas were actually men. They were called honko and they juggled, sang, joked around, and danced for clients in bars, restaurants, and tearooms.
- Today there are about 1,000 registered geishas, but back in the 1920s there were 80,000.
Interested in the sex and relationship secrets of an American geisha? You could read this not-so-politically-correct book and find out. And if that leads to sex for you, don’t forget the birth control.
BTW, we think you’re utsukushii,