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In the early stages of Japanese history there were female entertainers: saburuko (serving girls) were mostly wandering girls whose families were displaced from struggles in the late 600s.

Some of these saburuko girls sold sexual services, while others with a better education made a living by entertaining at high-class social gatherings. After the imperial court moved the capital to Heian-kyō (Kyoto) in 794 the conditions that would form Japanese Geisha culture began to emerge, as it became the home of a beauty-obsessed elite. Skilled female performers, such as Shirabyōshi dancers, thrived.

Traditional Japan embraced sexual delights (it is not a Shinto taboo) and men were not constrained to be faithful to their wives. The ideal wife was a modest mother and manager of the home, by Confucian custom love had secondary importance.

For sexual enjoyment and romantic attachment, men did not go to their wives, but to courtesans. Walled-in pleasure quarters were built in the 16th century, and in 1617 the shogunate designated “pleasure quarters”, outside of which prostitution would be illegal, and within which “yūjo” (“play women”) would be classified and licensed.

The highest yūjo class was the Geisha’s predecessor, called “Oiran”, a combination of actress and prostitute, originally playing on stages set in the dry Kamo riverbed in Kyoto. They performed erotic dances and skits, and this new art was dubbed kabuku, meaning “to be wild and outrageous”. The dances were called “kabuki,” and this was the beginning of kabuki theater.
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I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
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  • rosalin
    rosalinabout 3 years ago

    AMAZING WORK,TAMMY

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  • Alissa Brunskill
    Alissa Brunskillabout 3 years ago

    Sublime!!

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago

    LOVE THIS ,AMAZING !GREAT COLOURS AND A WONDERFUL WRITE TO ACCONPANY THIS PIECE lIZ))

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    SO HAPPY YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE INFO ALSO…

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work, love it! :O)

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  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinabout 3 years ago

    Excellent composition and a great read too!!!!!

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  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • FEATURE!!
    AN HONOR INDEED!!…
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY, SHANGHAIWU…;-D

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  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 3 years ago

    wow!!!!!!! BRILLIANT piece and thanks for sharing so much history with us about Geisha’s.. peace and love linmarie

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  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant creation, my dear Tammera!
    Thanks for sharing the history too..:)
    Excellent!

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  • Esther Boshoff
    Esther Boshoffabout 3 years ago

    Really beautifully done!

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  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonabout 3 years ago

    Remarkable and a sure favourite!

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