In the Towns of Japan – the Geisha of Gion

Traveling is a good opportunity to see the place, culture and ways of living of different people. This part of traveling is for the more adventurous and curious kinds, who have a special interest in keeping a bunch of knowledge about the living of different kinds of people in different countries. To learn traditional culture is an art, not necessarily possessed by all! It can count as a lifetime experience to learn about the culture and traditions of a place you choose to take a holiday trip to. You could learn about different people and their even different ways of living, which may, consequently, cause some changes in your ways of living too. During the examination of history and architectures of a place, many traveling ninjas just touch the surface. But if you are serious enough to explore much, then there are many traveling companies that can organize your introduction to the traditional cultural aspects of some of the places great for a holiday. This’ll be a comfortable option too.

Coming to one of the richest countries in a variety of tradition and culture, we talk about Japan. The Kyoto city in the country is famous for its culturally rich district, Gion. It is a development of the Middle Ages and was originally built to comfort the traveling and visiting people, with their needs. Eventually, it started being known as a well- known geisha district in Japan. The term Geisha refers to ‘artist’. They are Japanese females well versed with traditional art and entertainment. They possess skills including various performing arts and classical music and dance that are native to Japan. The district of the Geisha, i.e. Gion, consists of roads which are narrow, aligned on both sides by teahouses, restaurants and residences, each having a front of bamboo sticks.

Gion town

Geisha is a noun with no different plural. The Gion Geisha, locally, preferred to be called Geiko. They play traditional music in the ochayas, dressed in colorful attires and are elaborately garmented. They line up the streets, entertaining with their art. In case of misconceptions, Geisha are not prostitutes. They are primarily just entertainers. Gion and many other districts with Geisha are of the same kind as the red-light districts. The count of Geisha in the district of Gion has reduced to a considerably small number, over hundred years from the past. But as a preventive measure, the preservation of the area and respect for their traditional skills is highly practiced. In earlier times, Geisha used to perform for Samurais or Generals. But in current times, they perform for business executives, instead. Their performance compensations are against accompanying the people who hire them, teach them to sing and dance, tell them jokes for lightening the stressful business atmosphere, serve them with tea and alcohol in graceful ways, and so on. The costs, good in amount, are justified.

Geisha dances are famous all over the country through Gion and other Geisha districts. The most famous of all is the Miyako Odori, held in Gion, also known as ‘Dances of the Old Capital’ or ‘Cherry Blossom Dances’, which is held in honor of the cherry blossom season that occurs in April. This is a good time to see the Geisha dance, with ticket price beginning at affordable 2,000 yen. Also, along with Geisha and Maiko attractions, there are events like the tea ceremony, traditional music and dance, which is held daily around the Gion Corner.

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