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Many nations carry on with them customs and traditions that are not always accepted by other parts of the world One custom that may not be nationally accepted is the artisan of the Japanese geisha People generally do not accept what they do not know and therefore it is viewed that geisha were solely Japanese prostitutes rather than performers and entertainers Geisha were known to be found in large industrialized cities in Japan such as Osaka and Kyoto where not only would Japanese men pay for their entertainment but also Americans and other foreigners who were in town on business Geocities 1-2 Though the artisan of these performers was usually referred to as beginning in the eighteenth and century its roots were dated as far back as the eleventh century when two women created their own form of dance in which to entertain warriors The literal translation for the word geisha means Beauty person The earlier geisha chose this profession but as the demand grew more of them came from poorer families who sold them into the business They were not profitable though to the house until they paid back their debts that the house used to pay for schooling and supplies In most instances girls who were not automatically made geisha would work for the house for years at a time to redeem some of their debts and save the houses from having to pay for a maid Their jobs consisted of cleaning running errands and waiting on the mother and other geisha of the household Geocities 1 The girls bought were usually of a young age and pre-pubescent so that older sisters could teach them and mold them into perfection The young girls also could not perform until they had shadowed an established geisha and was introduced by their sisters to men who were previously entertained by their house Geocities 1 Though women were most commonly associated with this profession during the early
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