Geisha tradition after WW2

During the World War 2 in the 1950s, Geisha in Japan had to help the nation. Many of them were forced to work in factories to make munitions, vehicles, pharmaceuticals and electrical goods for the army. These women were called the “Comfort Women”. Moreover, they were treated as sexual slaves to the American military. The Comfort Women were supported by the Empire to prevent rape crimes. The Japanese government created the “Amusement association” for the women to service the American soldiers. The purpose was to entice women already working in the sex industry. They provided health checkups and helped to prevent lewd behavior. However, the  Imperial Ordinance punished those who were enticing more women into the industry.

After the World War 2, prostitution was outlawed in 1958 and Geisha could get high school education. It was decided that Geisha could not begin their career until they turn 18.

Another big change after World War 2 was that women started to wear Western styled clothes, not Kimono. To add on, the number of working Geisha dwindled. Hachioji’s geisha population faced certain extinction, with only 10 entertainers working in the industry in 1999.

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