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Geisha

China yún zhě
Japan geisha
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This 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.

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

Geisha of Unequaled Talent

(Danger: Can mean prostitute!)
China míng jì
Japan mei gi
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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
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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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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese ki
Chinese prostitute
Japanese geisha
A singing-girl, courtesan.

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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese domo no tame ねね
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]
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.

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Mandarin dàn / dan4
Taiwan tan
Japanese hazumu はずむ
 dan だん
 tama たま
 inogashira いのがしら
 inouchi / inochi いのうち
 itou / ito いとう
 igarashi いがらし
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 kan 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 kosaki こさき
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 shu めぐみ
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 shou / sho しょう
 kobako こばこ
 kyou / kyo きょう
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 hakozaki はこざき
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 hakozaki はこざき
 hakosaki はこさき
 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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Japanese nekozaki ねこざき
 neko ねこ
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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 ひかる
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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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 sangō さんごう
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.

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一本

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Japanese hitomoto ひともと
 kazumoto かずもと
 ippon いっぽん
 ichimoto いちもと
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 nigō 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.

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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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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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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 hichi ひち
 hiji ひじ
 kodou / kodo こどう
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

小職

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Japanese shoushoku / shoshoku しょうしょく
 kojoku こじょく
Japanese (1) lowly government servant; humble government servant; (pronoun) (2) (humble language) I; me; (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

左褄

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Japanese hidarizuma ひだりづま
Japanese (1) left skirt of a kimono; (2) geisha (because they often walked holding the left hem of their kimono)

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座敷

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Japanese zashiki ざしき
Japanese (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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弦妓

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Japanese gengi げんぎ
Japanese (obscure) geisha; woman who entertains (e.g. by playing the shamisen) for her living

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized 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
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