Who are oiran? According to Wikipedia, the word originates from the Japanese phrase "oira no tokoro no nēsan", which translates into "my elder sister." The kanji characters are 花 meaning "flower" and 魁 meaning "leader" or "first". They were high-class courtesans that possessed entertainer’s skills, such as playing musical instruments, arranging ikebana, performing tea ceremonies, etc.
April 27, 2016
On February 25th, visitors to Kyoto have the chance to have Japanese green tea made and served to them by Geisha. At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine for their annual plum blossom festival, geisha from the local area come to perform an outdoor tea ceremony known as Baika-sai.
May 22, 2015
Kanazawa is a beautiful city that is rich in both culture and history. Located in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Chubu region of central Japan, it has one of the best preserved samurai and geisha districts in all of Japan.
February 10, 2015