Geisha culture used to be a tradition enjoyed mostly by wealthy citizens leading luxurious lifestyles. However, with the economic slump that Japan has experienced in the last 20 years or so, geisha are found more frequently as entertainers for the general public. The number of geisha in Japan has declined from around 80,000 in the early 1900’s to under 1,000 today.
Take a look at this glimpse into the life of a modern day geisha in Japan as reported by Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao:
A modern day girl transforming into a Geisha in Kyoto, Japan: