Wakaebisuya Historic Place

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Tom C
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Geisha house in Mitarai - used to house 100 geisha
Jun 2015 • Couples
This was a geisha house (or oiran house - as geisha was a term used mainly in Kyoto) that used to house 100 geisha during the Edo and early Meiji period. Not to be mistaken as a brothel - geisha were mostly entertainers who knew a variety of arts and instruments to entertain their guests. When Mitarai was a busy port, the wakaebisuya was frequented by wealthy visitors who wanted a night of expensive entertainment. Part of the attraction was showing off your status - as in 'I can afford this!'....

There's a scary story I heard associated with this place called the black-teeth incident...apparently geisha would blacken their teeth (the style at the time) but one day the top geisha couldn't get the black tar to stay on her teeth. Whatever she did the black coloring would run off. The waiting customer began to complain and owner of the geisha house started putting pressure on the geisha. In the panic, the geisha forgot to take the black tar off the small flame that simmered it. Then. the owner got so frustrated that she took the blackening liquid and forced it into the geisha's mouth - not realizing that the liquid was boiling. The geisha died a quick but agonizing death...but not before leaving a black stained hand-print on the wall - a hand print that according to local legend would not disappear however much it was washed or painted over!! Plus this apparently led to some hauntings over the years...
Written July 22, 2015
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