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Geisha

China yún zhě
Japan geisha
Geisha Wall Scroll

芸者 is the real basis for the way we spell geisha.

However, there are many more ways to refer to a woman that fills the role that westerners think of when they hear the word geisha.

In Japanese, these characters literally mean "artful person." But in English, it might be better translated as "a person (woman) highly trained/accomplished in the arts."

However, my Japanese dictionary says "a singing and dancing girl."

Many will argue as to whether "geisha" = "prostitute" or not. My Japanese friends seem to have the opinion that a geisha is so highly trained in the art playing musical instruments and dancing that the fact she might also be a prostitute is secondary to her performance on stage.

芸者 is a "Japanese only" term, they use a slightly different first character to express "geisha" in Chinese. Since this is a Japanese term, I have not included the Chinese version.

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Geisha / Geigi

(Danger: Means prostitute in Japanese and Chinese!)
China yún jì
Japan geigi
Geisha / Geigi Wall Scroll

芸妓 is how to refer to a geisha that offers "special services." Please don't order this, it's only here for reference. 芸妓 is not appropriate for custom calligraphy!

Geisha of Unequaled Talent

(Danger: Can mean prostitute!)
China míng jì
Japan mei gi
Geisha of Unequaled Talent Wall Scroll

In Japanese, this means "distinguished/talented/beautiful geisha."

The meaning in Chinese (and the deeper meaning in Japanese) would be "distinguished/talented/beautiful prostitute."

I am not sure that our master calligrapher will even write this, so please note that fact if you decide to place the order. Of course, we'll refund your money if he refuses.

The Geisha’s World

China huā liǔ jiè
Japan karyuukai
The Geisha’s World Wall Scroll

This literally means "Flower Willow World/Kingdom." In Japanese, this means "The Realm of the Geisha" or "World of the Geisha." I suppose there is a presumption that the Geisha are surrounded by flowers in their residence. In Chinese and Korean, this pretty much has colloquially come to mean "The Red Light District" or to refer to pimps, prostitutes and johns as a group.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Japanese nekoma ねこま
 neko ねこ
Chinese See:
Japanese (archaism) cat; (1) cat; (2) shamisen; (3) geisha; (4) (abbreviation) wheelbarrow; (5) (abbreviation) clay bed-warmer; (6) (kana only) (colloquialism) bottom; submissive partner of a homosexual relationship; (surname) Nekozaki; (female given name) Neko
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Mandarin/ yu4
Taiwan
Japanese tama たま
 gyoku ぎょく
Chinese jade
Japanese (1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (1) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) (food term) egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping); (3) stock or security being traded; product being bought or sold; (4) position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); (5) geisha; (6) (abbreviation) time charge for a geisha; (7) (shogi) (abbreviation) king; (female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Tamazaki; (surname) Tamasaki; (female given name) Tama; (surname) Giyoku; (surname) Oku
Jade, a gem; jade-like, precious; you, your.
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名妓

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Mandarin míng jì / ming2 ji4
Taiwan ming chi
Japanese meigi / megi めいぎ
Chinese famous courtesan
Japanese famous geisha; talented geisha; beautiful geisha
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玄人

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Japanese kurouto / kuroto くろと
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) expert; professional; master; (2) woman in the nightlife business; demimondaine; geisha and prostitutes; (given name) Haruto; (given name) Gento; (personal name) Kuroudo
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Whore / Mysterious Woman

芸妓

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Japanese geiko / geko げいこ
 geigi / gegi げいぎ
Japanese geisha
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Geisha / Geigi

芸者

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Japanese geisha / gesha げいしゃ
Japanese geisha; Japanese singing and dancing girl
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Geisha

花柳界

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Japanese karyuukai / karyukai かりゅうかい
Japanese red-light district; pleasure quarters; world of the geisha; demimonde
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The Geisha’s World

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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese gi
Chinese prostitute
Japanese geisha
A singing-girl, courtesan.

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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese mi
 ne
 su
 shi
 kou / ko こう
 ko
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north)
Japanese (1) fruit; nut; (2) seed; (3) (in broth) pieces of meat, vegetable, etc.; (4) content; substance; first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (suffix) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) honorific (or familiar) suffix used after a name; (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e. a man who spends all his time doing...); (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (n,n-suf) (1) child; (2) young (animal); (3) young woman; young geisha; (4) offshoot; (5) interest; (6) (abbreviation) new shares; (7) player who is not a dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (n,n-suf) (8) (archaism) bird egg; (suffix noun) (9) -er (often of young women); (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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Mandarin dàn / dan4
Taiwan tan
Japanese dan だん
 tama たま
Chinese Japanese variant of 彈|弹
Japanese (counter) counter for parts (of a story, etc.); (1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (female given name) Hazumu; (surname, female given name) Dan; (personal name) Tama; (personal name) Inogashira; (personal name) Inouchi; (personal name) Itou; (personal name) Igarashi

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Mandarin xiá / xia2
Taiwan hsia
Japanese hako はこ
 kushige くしげ
Chinese box
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects); (archaism) toiletries case

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Mandarin hán / han2
Taiwan han
Japanese hako はこ
Chinese envelope; case; letter
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects)

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Mandarin hán / han2
Taiwan han
Japanese hako はこ
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects)
A box, receptacle; to enfold: a letter.

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Mandarin ér / er2
Taiwan erh
Japanese yaya やや
 ji
 ko
Chinese Japanese variant of 兒|儿[er2]
Japanese baby; child; (n-suf,n) (1) child; boy; (pronoun) (2) (archaism) I; me; (n,n-suf) (1) child; (2) young (animal); (3) young woman; young geisha; (4) offshoot; (5) interest; (6) (abbreviation) new shares; (7) player who is not a dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (n,n-suf) (8) (archaism) bird egg; (suffix noun) (9) -er (often of young women); (surname) Kosaki

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Mandarin zhū / zhu1
Taiwan chu
Japanese tama たま
Chinese bead; pearl; CL:粒[li4],顆|颗[ke1]
Japanese (1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Tamami; (female given name) Tamaki; (female given name) Tama; (female given name) Arata
mani. A pearl; a bead; synonym for buddha-truth.

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Mandarin qiú / qiu2
Taiwan ch`iu / chiu
Japanese mari まり
 tama たま
 kyuu / kyu きゅう
Chinese ball; sphere; globe; CL:個|个[ge4]; ball game; match; CL:場|场[chang3]
Japanese (irregular kanji usage) ball (for sport, games, etc.); (1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (1) (mathematics term) sphere; (suf,ctr) (2) (baseb) counter for balls; (female given name) Mari; (given name) Tama; (given name) Kyuu

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Mandarin kuāng / kuang1
Taiwan k`uang / kuang
Japanese hako はこ
 katami かたみ
Chinese basket; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects); (archaism) fine-meshed bamboo basket; (personal name) Shou; (given name) Kobako; (personal name) Kyou

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Mandarin/ ju3
Taiwan chü
Japanese hako はこ
Chinese round bamboo basket
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects); (surname) Hakozaki

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Mandarin xiāng / xiang1
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese hako はこ
Chinese box; trunk; chest
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects); (surname) Hako

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お酌

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Japanese oshaku おしゃく
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) pouring alcohol; (2) person pouring alcohol for guests or customers (typically a woman); (3) (apprentice) geisha; dancing girl

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ネコ

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Japanese neko ネコ
Japanese (1) cat; (2) shamisen; (3) geisha; (4) (abbreviation) wheelbarrow; (5) (abbreviation) clay bed-warmer; (6) (kana only) (colloquialism) bottom; submissive partner of a homosexual relationship; (personal name) Necho

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ハコ

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Japanese hako ハコ
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; (2) car (of a train, etc.); (3) shamisen case; shamisen; (4) (colloquialism) public building; community building; (5) (archaism) man who carries a geisha's shamisen; (6) (archaism) receptacle for human waste; feces (faeces); (suf,ctr) (7) counter for boxes (or boxed objects); (female given name) Hako

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三業


三业

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Mandarin sān yè / san1 ye4
Taiwan san yeh
Japanese sangou / sango さんごう
 sangyou / sangyo さんぎょう
Japanese (Buddhist term) three activities (action, speech and thought); the three entertainment district enterprises: eating houses, geisha houses, meeting places for assignations, etc.
trividha-dvāra. The three conditions, inheritances, or karma, of which there are several groups. (1) Deed, word, thought, 身, 口, 意. (2) (a) Present-1ife happy karma; (6) present-life unhappy karma; (c) 不動 karma of an imperturbable nature. (3) (a) Good; (b) evil; (c) neutral karma. (4) (a) 漏業 Karma of ordinary rebirth; (6) 無漏業 karma of Hīnayāna nirvana; (c) 非漏非無漏 karma of neither, independent of both, Mahāyāna nirvana. (5) (a) Present deeds and their consequences in this life; (b) present deeds and their next life consequences; (c) present deeds and consequences after the next life, There are other groups of three; three activities

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一本

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Japanese ippon いっぽん
Japanese (1) one long cylindrical thing; one film, TV show, etc.; one goal, home run, etc.; one telephone call; (2) one version; (3) one book; a certain book; (4) (martial arts term) ippon; one point; a blow; (5) experienced geisha; (suffix noun) (6) single-minded focus on ...; (surname) Hitomoto; (given name) Kazumoto; (place-name) Ippon; (surname) Ichimoto

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二業


二业

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Mandarin èr yè / er4 ye4
Taiwan erh yeh
Japanese nigyou / nigyo にぎょう
Japanese (archaism) restaurants and geisha establishments
Two classes of karma. (1) (a) 引業 leads to the 總報, i.e. the award as to the species into which one is to be born, e.g. men, gods, etc.; (6) 滿業 is the 別報 or fulfillment in detail, i.e. the kind or quality of being e.g. clever or stupid, happy or unhappy, etc. (2) (a) 善業 and (b) 惡業 Good and evil karma, resulting in happiness or misery. (3) (a) 助業 Aids to the karma of being reborn in Amitābha's Pure—land e. g. offerings, chantings, etc.; (b) 正業 thought and invocation of Amitābha with undivided mind, as the direct method; two kinds of karmic activity

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仕込

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Japanese shikomi しこみ
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (n,n-suf) (1) training; education; upbringing; (2) stocking up; laying in; (3) preparation (e.g. ingredients); (4) girl studying to become a geisha; (place-name) Shikomi

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半玉

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Japanese hantama はんたま
 hangyoku はんぎょく
Japanese half portion of noodles or fried rice; half ball (of noodles); child geisha; apprentice entertainer

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坐敷

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Japanese zashiki ざしき
Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (1) tatami room; tatami mat room; formal Japanese room; (2) dinner party in a tatami room (esp. when a geisha or maiko attends)

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娘分

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Japanese musumebun むすめぶん
Japanese (1) treating somebody as one's own daughter; someone who is treated as a daughter; (2) (archaism) woman who manages geisha (Edo period)

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小童

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Japanese chiisawarawa / chisawarawa ちいさわらわ
 shoudou / shodo しょうどう
 kowarawa こわらわ
 kowarabe こわらべ
 kowappa こわっぱ
 kojoku こじょく
Japanese (archaism) small child (esp. a servant child in the Heian-period imperial palace); (archaism) young person; young servant; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (kana only) (derogatory term) boy; child; youth; brat; (kana only) (derogatory term) boy; child; youth; brat; (1) (archaism) girl-in-training (e.g. a geisha-in-training or a girl who performs miscellaneous tasks in a brothel); (2) (archaism) (derogatory term) brat; scamp; rascal; jackanapes; (3) (archaism) disciple; apprentice; (place-name) Hichi; (surname) Hiji; (given name) Kodou



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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Geisha 芸者geishayún zhě / yun2 zhe3 / yun zhe / yunzhe yün che / yünche
Geisha
Geigi
芸妓geigiyún jì / yun2 ji4 / yun ji / yunji yün chi / yünchi
Geisha of Unequaled Talent 名妓mei gi / meigimíng jì / ming2 ji4 / ming ji / mingji ming chi / mingchi
The Geisha’s World 花柳界karyuukai / karyukaihuā liǔ jiè
hua1 liu3 jie4
hua liu jie
hualiujie
hua liu chieh
hualiuchieh

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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