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Geisha

China yún zhě
Japan geisha
Geisha

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.

The Geisha’s World

China huā liǔ jiè
Japan karyuukai
The Geisha’s World

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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Geisha / Geigi

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

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

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

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

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Characters

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Japanese nekoma / ねこま    neko(p);neko / ねこ(P);ネコ Japanese (archaism) (See 猫・1) cat; (1) cat; (2) shamisen; (3) geisha; (4) (abbreviation) (See 猫車) wheelbarrow; (5) (abbreviation) (See 猫火鉢) clay bed-warmer; (6) (kana only) (colloquialism) (ant: タチ) bottom; submissive partner of a homosexual relationship; (surname) Nekozaki; (female given name) Neko
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Mandarin/ yu4
Taiwan
Japanese gyoku / ぎょく
Chinese jade
Japanese (1) (also formerly read as ごく) precious stone (esp. jade); (2) {food} egg (sometimes esp. as a sushi topping); (3) stock or security being traded; product being bought or sold; (4) (See 建玉) position (in finance, the amount of a security either owned or owed by an investor or dealer); (5) geisha; (6) (abbreviation) (See 玉代) time charge for a geisha; (7) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 玉将) king (of the junior player); (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 haruto / はると    gento / げんと    kuroudo / kurodo / くろうど 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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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 hán / han2
Taiwan han
Japanese hako / はこ
Chinese envelope; case; letter
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; crate; (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; crate; (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 xiá / xia2
Taiwan hsia
Japanese hako / はこ    kushige / くしげ
Chinese box
Japanese (1) box; case; chest; package; pack; crate; (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/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese gi / ぎ
Chinese prostitute
Japanese geisha
A singing-girl, courtesan.

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Mandarin zhū / zhu1
Taiwan chu
Japanese megumi / めぐみ    tamami / たまみ    tamaki / たまき    tama / たま    arata / あらた
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 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; crate; (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; crate; (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; crate; (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; crate; (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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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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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 {Buddh} (See 身口意) 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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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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其者

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Japanese soresha / それしゃ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) expert; (2) geisha; prostitute

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); (See 一本・5) 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 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

左褄

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Japanese hidarizuma / ひだりづま Japanese (1) left skirt of a kimono; (2) (See 芸妓) 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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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Geisha芸者geishayún zhě / yun2 zhe3 / yun zhe / yunzheyün che / yünche
The Geisha’s World花柳界karyuukai / karyukaihuā liǔ jiè
hua1 liu3 jie4
hua liu jie
hualiujie
hua liu chieh
hualiuchieh
Geisha
Geigi
芸妓geigiyún jì / yun2 ji4 / yun ji / yunjiyün chi / yünchi
Geisha of Unequaled Talent名妓mei gi / meigimíng jì / ming2 ji4 / ming ji / mingjiming chi / mingchi



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