Hanamachi versus Kagai

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Hanamachi versus Kagai

Post by IG Team » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:08 am

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Hi guys, i realy need you help :] I am so cofused about this question that i decided to write about it - the difference between kagai and hanamachi. I know only that hanamachi were for geisha and kagai - for courtesans? :( :ermum

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Re: Hanamachi versus Kagai

Post by ainokimono » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:09 am

There is a very informative article on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanamachi

According to the footnotes, both kagai and hanamachi can be used to pronounce the kanji '花街'

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Re: Hanamachi versus Kagai

Post by Gikuyu » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:20 pm

And there is a third option, karyukai which might be linked somehow to kagai.

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Re: Hanamachi versus Kagai

Post by Kikyou » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:37 pm

It's a matter of kunyomi/onyomi. Hanamachi is japanese, it sounds common. Kagai is chinese reading of the same kanji and sounds poetic, noble and generally more fancy. It's not surprising that in Kyoto, 'kagai' is prefered, as we all know, they like to highlight their culture closely tied to imperial court and aristocracy of ancient times.

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Re: Hanamachi versus Kagai

Post by Kiyoe » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:08 pm

Gikuyu wrote:
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:20 pm
And there is a third option, karyukai which might be linked somehow to kagai.
Karyukai just adds another kanji, the one for "willow" to "kagai", and is more used as a general term for both the geisha and red-light districts.

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