Jikata refers to geisha who are tasked with singing and playing the shamisen and other musical instruments. Jikata geisha also need to have a broad repertoire of musical pieces that they can perform. As they play while Tachikata geisha are dancing, Jikata geisha need to match the tempo of the movements. The required skills are very difficult to master and so they spend a lot of time practicing.
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