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- n. A Japanese courtesan and geisha district.
While her older sister is sold into prostitution, 9-year-old Chiyo is put to work as a servant in a geisha house in the hanamachi (geisha district).
Miyagawachō (宮川町) is one of the hanamachi (花街, flower towns) or geisha districts in Kyoto.
I've read some other books on geisha, like Liza Dalby's Geisha, or Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki, but it was interesting to get a modern look at the hanamachi (geisha district) through the eyes of a