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Geisha (芸者, Geisha) or Geiko (芸妓, Geiko) are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance. Contrary to popular belief, geisha are not prostitutes.

“Geisha,” pronounced /ˈgeɪʃә/ in English, is a proper noun. Like all Japanese nouns, there are no distinct singular or plural variants of the term. The word consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”. The most direct translation of geisha into English would be “artist” or “performing artist”.

Quotation from “Geisha” Wikipedia

“My picture: Maiko, an apprentice geisha 1″

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