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“Geisha” consists of two kanji, 芸 (gei) meaning “art” and 者 (sha) meaning “person” or “doer”.
The most literal translation of Geisha into English would be “artist”, “performing artist”, or “artisan”.
Geisha are skilled/extremely elegant artisans, trained in and performing music and dance.
Men who organised Ozashiki’s (parties in tea houses) often took their wife and geisha along.
It was a prestige and granted status to the parties at that time.