Alot of people are mistaken when they see an Oiran and a geisha, they think that they are the same but nope , they are not. The geisha is dressed up more simply than the Oiran but both the Oiran and the geisha can do the singing, acting and dancing but it is said that the Oiran does it better?
Oirans are freakishly expensive, I learned from a Japanese friend of mine who entertains a lot of their foreign clients. To have the company of an Oiran , it would cost an entire years salary of a normal worker in Japan. And yes, that’s a lot of money ! The Oiran is pretty special, she is not your normal prostitute because she can refuse your business, you need to be introduced first and if they are attracted to you , then you can start having a relationship with her.
People from all over the world comes for the once a year procession of the Oiran and it’s pretty elaborate. At the end of the procession, there is a stage, where the Oiran shows how the customers are served and what one can expect from the Oiran.
The Bunsui Sakura Matsuri Oiran D?ch? is a free event held in Tsubame, Niigata. D?ch? is a shortened form of oiran-dochu, also the name for the walk the top courtesans made around the quarter or the parade they made to escort their guests. This parade features three oiran in full regalia — Shinano, Sakura, and Bunsui — among the cherry blossoms in April with approximately 70 accompanying servants. Each oiran in 15-cm tall geta parades in the distinctive gait, giving the procession an alternate name, the Dream Parade of Echigo (Echigo no yume-dochu). The event is extremely popular across the country, with many people in Japan applying for the three oiran and servant roles.