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How Geisha influence Japanese culture?

The Geisha described as a professor who highly trained in art, music, sing,
conversation, poetry, tea ceremony, dance, etc. They are the high class- hostess in parties.
Actually early Geisha were men, after that Female Geisha started to involve. They began to
appeared only at teahouse first, but later they also as published entertainers. To understand
Geisha role in Japanese culture is important, they like a gear that helps to carry on Japanese
culture and make it not fade away.
During the Edo period, early 1600s, Japanese government set a place for
entertainers, absolutely Geisha were included, it meant that they allowed to work only at
the place where government has prepared for, called Pleasure District (Salvador, n.d,
para. 7). First generation of Geisha were men, people belief that Female could not
entertains in parties, these men kept the conversation going and gave performances. But
after 1750, most of Geisha were female. Early female Geisha were dancers (Odoriko) or
musicians who played Shamisen. They performed during dinner and entertained their
customers at teahouse. The evolution of Geisha, from men to women, shows the changes of
Japanese culture. Female became to have roles in society; they can educated and learned
mens job such as politic and business. Geisha got out of the males control which extremely
important at that time, and created freely lifestyles.
Also during the 1860s, the golden age of Geisha, Geisha became acceptable in
woman. They were fashionable and became fashion leader for the Japanese woman, this
make woman keep interested in traditional things, such as Kimono. In 1875, Geisha took a
role on public entertainers. They started to appear in Kabuki and become known in
merchant class, this make them closely to the outside world. Geisha make people interested
in traditional instruments, dance, ceremony, etc. In 1895, Geisha were the most required to
entertainment during wartime, for instance during the victory of the Sino-Japanese war
(Salvador, n.d, para. 13). So, teahouse was the most popular place in Japan at that time. A
few years later, there was the national confederation of Geisha formed. This place rules and
be a guideline for Geisha, to keep what truly Geisha should be and make Geisha still be
Geisha, this make them give a name as true Japanese spirit (Para. 14). People like them
because they are talent, high-class, and popular.
However, in 1920 to 1930, Geisha have lost their status because of Western
influence; this reduced the number of Geisha severely. They were slowly dying out due to
the demand of society. Traditional dress and entertainment appeared only on holidays or
carnival. Nowadays, Geisha still have a role as entertainers but in hotels, nightclubs, and
traditional high-class restaurants (ryotei). The reasons why they are fade away from society,
one is because of western influence, another is modern women have opportunities to
choose their work instead of being Geisha. However, the Geisha have put into Japanese
historic cultural identity. Without them, maybe nobody will know how to play traditional
instrument, how to Chanoyu (tea ceremony) properly, or wearing Kimono almost every day.
Geisha influence Japanese culture because they were popular and carried the
Japanese culture with them, they understand mostly all of Japanese entertainments. People
will interest in culture are depend on them. During Geisha were significant, they were the
innovator for Japanese woman to have more roles in society, they made freely lifestyle for
females and also be a fashion leader who makes Kimono still be popular in society. They
also who spread the Japanese culture to be known to all over Japan and closely outside
world which make it doesnt fade away. However, According to 1920 that western culture
pushed in Japan, Geisha started to dye out, nobody carry on Japanese culture, people also
started to fade away their culture. Personality, I believe that Japanese government wont let
them disappear. They are the part of history and identity of Japanese culture, without them
many traditional cultures would be gone.
So, Geisha are an important gear in Japanese culture. They are unique and popular
at the late of Geishas age. At the time that women under male control, Geisha create freely
life style and keep the Japanese culture with them. They are not just high-class hostess, but
they are the person of art whose truly Japanese spirit.

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