Author: Lesley Downer
ISBN: 9780747264262
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Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, we have been intrigued by geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of fictional creations from Madame Butterfly to Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. The reality of the geisha's existence has rarely been described. Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but literally arts people. Their accomplishments might include singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument but, above all, they are masters of the art of conversation, soothing worries of highly paid businessmen who can afford their attentions. The real secret history of the geisha is explored here.

Asian American Fiction History And Life Writing

Author: Helena Grice
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415384753
Size: 39.72 MB
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The last ten years have witnessed an enormous growth in American interest in Asia and Asian/American history. In particular, a set of key Asian historical moments have recently become the subject of intense American cultural scrutiny, namely China's Cultural Revolution and its aftermath; the Korean American war and its legacy; the era of Japanese geisha culture and its subsequent decline; and China's one-child policy and the rise of transracial, international adoption in its wake. Grice examines and accounts for this cultural and literary preoccupation, exploring the corresponding historical-political situations that have both circumscribed and enabled greater cultural and political contact between Asia and America.

Geisha The Mysterious Japanese Entertainer

Author: Joachim Schliesinger
Publisher: Booksmango
ISBN: 1633232530
Size: 60.15 MB
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Geisha - The Mysterious Japanese Entertainer is a work about the life of the geisha. It provides information about the history, tradition, rituals, customs and practices of the entertainment business in Japan, throws some light on the confidential and strange ambiance of the hanamachi or pleasure quarters in the major cities, and lifts the clouds of mystery that hide behind the white faces of geisha women. It also diminishes the misunderstandings and misconceptions of the geisha's 'Floating World' that surrounds her profession. It describes the training stages and practices the young apprentice has to go through to become a geisha, the many arts and skills the modern geisha has to perform or be familiar with, and gives account about the pleasure quarters in some of the big cities today. The geisha domain is illustrated with plenty of images.

The Oxford Encyclopedia Of Women In World History

Author: Bonnie G. Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195148908
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The Encyclopedia of Women in World History captures the experiences of women throughout world history in a comprehensive, 4-volume work. Although there has been extensive research on women in history by region, no text or reference work has comprehensively covered the role women have played throughout world history.The past thirty years have seen an explosion of research and effort to present the experiences and contributions of women not only in the Western world but across the globe. Historians have investigated womens daily lives in virtually every region and have researched the leadership roles women have filled across time and region. They have found and demonstrated that there is virtually no historical, social, or demographic change in which women have not been involved and by which their lives have not been affected. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History benefits greatly from these efforts and experiences, and illuminates how women worldwide have influenced and been influenced by these historical, social, and demographic changes.The Encyclopedia contains over 1,250 signed articles arranged in an A-Z format for ease of use. The entries cover six main areas: biographies; geography and history; comparative culture and society, including adoption, abortion, performing arts; organizations and movements, such as the Egyptian Uprising, and the Paris Commune; womens and gender studies; and topics in world history that include slave trade, globalization, and disease. With its rich and insightful entries by leading scholars and experts, this reference work is sure to be a valued, go-to resource for scholars, college and high school students, and general readers alike.

Butterfly S Sisters

Author: Yoko Kawaguchi
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300169469
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In this fascinating and wide-ranging book, Yoko Kawaguchi explores the Western portrayal of Japanese women--and geishas in particular--from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She argues that in the West, Japanese women have come to embody certain ideas about feminine sexuality, and she analyzes how these ideas have been expressed in diverse art forms, ranging from fiction and opera to the visual arts and music videos. Among the many works Kawaguchi discusses are the art criticism of Baudelaire and Huysmans, the opera "Madama Butterfly"," " the sculptures of Rodin, the Broadway play "Teahouse of the August Moon"," " and the international best seller "Memoirs of a Geisha"."" "Butterfly's Sisters "also examines the impact on early twentieth-century theatre, drama, and dance theory of the performance styles of the actresses Madame Hanako and Sadayakko, both formerly geishas.


Author: John Dougill
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780195301373
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Kyoto, the ancient former capital of Japan, breathes history and mystery. Its temples, gardens and palaces are testimony to many centuries of aristocratic and religious grandeur. Under the veneer of modernity, the city remains filled with countless reminders of a proud past. John Dougillexplores this most venerable of Japanese cities, revealing the spirit of place and the individuals that have shaped its often dramatic history. Courtiers and courtesans, poets and priests, samurai and geisha people the pages of his account. Covering twelve centuries in all, the book not onlyprovides a historical overview but also brings to life the cultural magnificence of the city of "Purple Hills and Crystal Streams."

The Courtesan And The Samurai

Author: Lesley Downer
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409095452
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1868. In Japan's exotic pleasure quarters, sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love ... Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her alone and vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house she flees across the shattered city of Tokyo and takes refuge in the Yoshiwara, its famous pleasure-quarters.There she is forced to become a courtesan. Yozo, brave, loyal and a brilliant swordsman, is pledged to the embattled shogun. He sails to the frozen north to join his rebel comrades for a desperate last stand. Defeated, he makes his way south to the only place where a man is beyond the reach of the law - the Yoshiwara. There in the Nightless City where three thousand courtesans mingle with geishas and jesters, the battered fugitive meets the beautiful courtesan. But each has a secret so terrible that once revealed it will threaten their very lives ...


Author: Andrew Cobbing
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004243089
Size: 51.74 MB
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In Hakata: The Cultural Worlds of Northern Kyushu, experts in various fields present an interdisciplinary collection offering diverse insights on a region that has long served a key hub in the transcultural networks linking Japan with the outside world.

The Last Concubine

Author: Lesley Downer
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407033514
Size: 78.69 MB
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Japan, 1865, the women's palace in the great city of Edo. Bristling with intrigue and erotic rivalries, the palace is home to three thousand women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi, a beautiful fifteen-year-old girl, is chosen to be his concubine. But Japan is changing, and as civil war erupts, Sachi flees for her life. Rescued by a rebel warrior, she finds unknown feelings stirring within her; but this is a world in which private passions have no place and there is not even a word for 'love'. Before she dare dream of a life with him, Sachi must uncover the secret of her own origins - a secret that encompasses a wrong so terrible that it threatens to destroy her ....