(=coutesans)" were called "asobime" or "ukareme"
in ancient Japan. After
"miko, " Shinto shrine maidens of the old times, lost
characters of god and priest, they developed natures of vagrancy,
entertainment, and prostitution. After
the Heian Era, the word "yuko-nyofu" was shortened to "asobime.
The courtesans of the Heian Era were cultured and some of their "waka,"
31-syllable Japanese poems, were contained in
compilation-by-Imperial-command anthology. The
coutesan in the photograph shows a woman for entertainment in "uchiki"
holds the skirt with the small string at the waist for entertainment on
is a formal traveling wear , whereas the costume of courtesan is an