for highest level courtesan in KYOTO, the old capital
for highest level courtesan in TOKYO, the new capital
defined as 6-10 year old girl or boy attendants.
evening stroll by the TAYÛ and OIRAN down the lanes of the
pleasure distrcit, to show themselves to the public.
district in KYOTO
district in TOKYO
later in a
different location the NEW YOSHIWARA
district in OSAKA
district in NAGASAKI
for erotic pictures
gait, a complicated way of walking invented by a legendary courtesan
following is taken from:
Women of the Pleasure Quarters The Secret
History of the Geisha By LESLEY DOWNER
(C) 2001 Lesley Downer All rights
reserved. ISBN: 0-7679-0489-3
Katsuyama became so popular that she outshone
all the tayu of the Yoshiwara. In 1653, after a brawl between a
bunch of townsfolk and some rival samurai, the authorities closed
down the bathhouse. Katsuyama was head-hunted by one of the top
Yoshiwara bordellos, which gave her instant promotion to tayu. When
she made her first grand procession down the main boulevard of the
quarter to an assignation with a client, the great courtesans were
so curious about this up- start that they all turned out to watch.
They were so impressed with the cocky way in which she kicked out
her feet in the "figure of eight" walk and with her
distinctive topknot that the "Katsuyama gait" and the "Katsuyama
knot" continued to be in vogue for a century afterward.