What is a geisha?

Until the end of World War II, many Japanese were sold by their parents and taken to an okiya to be trained to become geishas, while many Japanese suffered from poverty, but today, they can become geishas of their own volition. Nowadays, women become geishas of their own volition. A well-trained geisha is respected as the heir to the traditional arts.
Although the number of geishas is decreasing, there are still geishas in Kyoto, known as geiko and maiko. Although the number of geishas is dwindling today, there are still geishas in Kyoto who are called “”geiko”” or “”maiko””.