Oh, and by the way, Oiran are pricey prostitutes who live in brothels. They are not to be confused at all with Geisha.
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Memoirs of a Geisha is a novel by Arthur Golden published in The novel tells the story of a geisha working in Kyoto during World War II. It is also the name of the film based on the book, and directed by Rob Marshall, and starring Zhang Ziyi.
I find Geishas incredibly beautiful. They have to train from young to master the many different forms of art, for instance making traditional Japanese tea, playing an instrument like a Shamisen, dancing and being an entertainer.