Meshimori Onna

Meshimori onna (飯盛女?) or meshiuri onna (飯売女?), literally "woman serving (or selling) meal" is the Japanese term for the women who were hired by hatago inns at the shukuba (post stations) along kaidō routes in Japan during the Edo era. They were at the beginning maid servants hired by the inns, although later as traffic along the kaidō grew and competition between the inns increased, they were often engaged in prostitution.

Many inns had prostitutes in order to attract a larger number of travellers. In 1718, the Tokugawa shogunate issued a law aiming at "restricting" the headcount of meshimori onna to two per inn, giving them grounds to provide prostitution as silent permission.