The word geisha literally means "artist" and late in the eighteenth century this could have described an array of Japanese women artists: Shiro, purely an entertainer; kerobi, a tumbling geisha; kido, a geisha who stood at the entrance to carnivals; or joro, a prostitute and the type of woman that professional geishas have been wrongly mistaken as for many years
This picture represents a classic image of a Geisha dressed for an average working evening. Note that she is clad from throat to feet in thick padded robes that reveal nothing. Her face is hidden behind a thick cosmetic masks that reveals nothing beyond a serene and classic beauty. A Geisha could assume this posture for hours if need be. Parade rest, as it were. The true Geisha was a Consummate Professional Hostess and Entertainer, not a sexual object.