Anonymous asked:

Thank you so much for all the effort you put on this tumblr! I have learnt a lot with your posts (I scrolled until the very beginning). I have a small doubt about mizuage because a very popular tumblr post says it didn't exist in the past and that "memoirs of a geisha" is not accurate, and it confuses me a lot. Did they sell their virginities or is it a lie and they only sold their art? Thank you again and also thank you for your time. Hope you have a wonderful day!

geisha-kai answered:

Thank you for this message! ^^

There was a discussion about mizuage on my blog long time ago. In summary: geisha were never prostitutes. Selling virginity happened, but it was not shocking back in those days. In order to understand this practice, we have to discuss whole social background of ancient Japan.