word Geisha is derived from ‘Gei’,
which in Japanese means performance or
entertainer, and ‘sha’, which means
person, and dates back 400 years ago to
the 'Edo' period. During this time the
Geisha entertained at banquets and
social gatherings by playing a Japanese
guitar (called a Shamisen), and singing
and giving dance performances.
is often a misconception by some that
Geisha's are prostitutes, but nothing
could be further from the truth. Geisha
are refined and cultured girls and women
who are highly trained in a variety of
traditional skills. Besides playing the
Shamisen, singing and dancing, the
Geisha perform the Japanese tea
ceremony, and are well versed in the art
of conversation. Many learn to speak
English in order to entertain Western
here to read more about Geisha.
is probably the best known and most
popular style of Japanese art.
Like artistic eras in other parts
of the world, Ukiyo-e art was produced
in a variety of different media,
including painting. Ukiyo-e,
which is Japanese for "pictures of
the floating world”, is primarily
associated with a style of woodblock
print making that depicted scenes of
harmony and carefree everyday living.
Because it used woodblocks to
make a number of prints, Ukiyo-e took
art from being the domain of the upper
classes and royalty.
This then made it more accessible
to the common people.
became popular around the mid-nineteenth
One of the first major artists in
the Ukiyo-e was Monorobu Hishikawa, who
produced single color prints made with
Hishikawa, who was an illustrator
for a book publisher, had to argue very
hard to convince his superiors that
printing and selling single sheet
artworks would be a lucrative
This is certainly ironic, since
Ukiyo-e became one of the most popular
and lucrative forms of art the world has
ever seen. Click
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Japan is still shrouded by
misconceptions but the truth about this
country is that is a unique blend of
traditional manners and boisterous
When you arrive in Japan, you
will be pleasantly surprised by what all
there is to do. Some of the activities and sites focus on the Japanese
culture while others are very
Japan is home to more than 126 million
people however, when the country was in
the beginning stages, the earlier
settlers were hunters, fishers, and
gatherers all the way from Korea to
Historians also believe the many
migrants coming from Polynesia were a
part of the original communities.
Then by 300 AD, sun worshippers
from the Yamato kingdom had somewhat
unified the nation through the course of
alliance and conquest.
Unfortunately, when Shinto and
Buddhism began to battle, Japanese’s
traditional religion was diffused due to
Shinto deities being manifested as
the 9th century, the Japanese
empire was relatively stable. The emperors dedicated most of their time to leisure instead
of pursuing scholarly interests.
Throughout the years, numerous
wars broke out, using the Samurai for
While there are many different
periods for the development and growth
of Japan, you will find there to be five
primary ones that include Kamakura,
Muromachi, Momoyama, the Christian
Century, and Tokugawa.
During the Kamakura Period from
1185 to 1333, the Mongol army repeatedly
However, the Japanese people were
able to keep them at bay although their
leadership was weakened. The Muromachi
Period from 1333 to 1576 involved a
revolt by Ashikaga although is
effectiveness began to fade, causing
Japan to go into a civil war.
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