Autobiography of a Geisha

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Autobiography of a Geisha

Autobiography of a Geisha

  • Author: Sayo Masuda
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0099462044
  • Category: Geishas
  • Page: 185
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The glamorous world of Kyoto's geisha is familiar to many readers but Sayo Masuda's tale tells a different story, one that bears little resemblance to the elegant geisha quarters frequented by illustrious patrons. Masuda was a geisha at a rural hot-spring

Geisha

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Geisha

Geisha

A Life

  • Author: Mineko Iwasaki
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9780743444293
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 297
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A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.

Memoirs of a Geisha

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Author: Arthur Golden
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 140701966X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 512
  • View: 317
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This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life. It conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.

Women of the Pleasure Quarters

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Women of the Pleasure Quarters

Women of the Pleasure Quarters

The Secret History of the Geisha

  • Author: Lesley Downer
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 0767909720
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
  • View: 4613
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From critically acclaimed author and Japanese scholar Lesley Downer, an enchanting portrait of the mysterious world of the geisha. Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, by geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Puccini's Madama Butterfly to Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. The reality of the geisha's existence, though, whether today or in history, has rarely been addressed. Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but, literally, "arts people." Their accomplishments include singing, dancing, playing a musical instruments; but above all, they are masters of the art of conversation, soothing the worries and stroking the egos of the wealthy businessmen who can afford their attentions. It is this which imbues the geisha with such power—and which makes absolute secrecy such a crucial aspect of their work. As denizens of a world defined by silence and mystery, geisha are notoriously difficult to meet and even to find. Lesley Downer, an award- winning writer, Japanese scholar, and consummate storyteller, gained more access into this world than almost any other Westerner ever has and spent several months living among them. In Women of the Pleasure Quarters, she weaves together intimate portraits of modern geisha with the romantic legends and colorful historical tales of geisha of the past. From Sadda Yakko, who dined with American presidents and had her portrait painted by Picasso, to Koito, a modern-day geisha who maintains her own website, geisha throughout history step out of the pages of Women of the Pleasure Quarters to become living, breathing creatures. Looking into such traditions as mizuage, the ritual deflowering which was once a rite of passage for all geisha, and providing colorful depictions of the geisha's dress, training, and homes, Downer, with grace, elegance, and respect, transforms their reality in a captivating narrative that both informs and entertains. At once a symbol of a bygone age and an institution more quintessentially Japanese than any other, geisha are a society at a crossroads, struggling to reinvent their place in the new millennium while honoring the traditions of the past. Both instructive and evocative, Women of the Pleasure Quarters is an enthralling portrait of a world unlike any other.

Asian American Fiction, History and Life Writing

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Asian American Fiction, History and Life Writing

Asian American Fiction, History and Life Writing

International Encounters

  • Author: Helena Grice
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136604855
  • Category: History
  • Page: 166
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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.

A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

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A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

From Catwalk to Sidewalk

  • Author: Bonnie English
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 0857851365
  • Category: Design
  • Page: 224
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This new edition of a bestselling textbook is designed for students, scholars, and anyone interested in 20th century fashion history. Accessibly written and well illustrated, the book outlines the social and cultural history of fashion thematically, and contains a wide range of global case studies on key designers, styles, movements and events. The new edition has been revised and expanded: there are new sections on eco-fashion, fashion and the museum, major changes in the fashion market in the 21st century (including the impact of new media and retailing networks), new technologies, fashion weeks, the rise of asian fashion centers and more. There are twice as many illustrations. In its second edition, A Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th and 21st Centuries is the ideal introductory text for all students of fashion.

Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns

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Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns

Voices of Early Modern Japan: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life During the Age of the Shoguns

  • Author: Constantine Vaporis
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 0313392005
  • Category: History
  • Page: 273
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Draws on primary sources to chronicle Japan's Tokugawa period, a time of the unification of warring states and the origin of Kabuki theater and sushi.

Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star

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Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star

Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star

A Woman, Sex, and Morality in Modern Japan

  • Author: William Johnston
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 023113052X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 245
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In 1936, Abe Sada committed the most notorious crime in twentieth-century Japan -- the murder and emasculation of her lover. This detailed account of Sada's personal history, the events leading up to the crime, and its aftermath steps beyond the simplistic view of Abe Sada as a sexual deviate or hysterical woman to reveal a survivor.

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

  • Author: Janice P. Nimura
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393248240
  • Category: History
  • Page: 352
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"Nimura paints history in cinematic strokes and brings a forgotten story to vivid, unforgettable life." —Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Raised in traditional samurai households during the turmoil of civil war, three of these unusual ambassadors—Sutematsu Yamakawa, Shige Nagai, and Ume Tsuda—grew up as typical American schoolgirls. Upon their arrival in San Francisco they became celebrities, their travels and traditional clothing exclaimed over by newspapers across the nation. As they learned English and Western customs, their American friends grew to love them for their high spirits and intellectual brilliance. The passionate relationships they formed reveal an intimate world of cross-cultural fascination and connection. Ten years later, they returned to Japan—a land grown foreign to them—determined to revolutionize women’s education. Based on in-depth archival research in Japan and in the United States, including decades of letters from between the three women and their American host families, Daughters of the Samurai is beautifully, cinematically written, a fascinating lens through which to view an extraordinary historical moment.

Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow

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Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow

Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow

Chinese Pop Music and Its Cultural Connotations

  • Author: Marc L. Moskowitz
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
  • ISBN: 0824833694
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 165
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Children of Marx and Coca-Cola affords a deep study of Chinese avant-garde art and independent cinema from the mid-1990s to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Informed by the author's experience in Beijing and New York-global cities with extensive access to an emergent transnational Chinese visual culture-this work situates selected artworks and films in the context of Chinese nationalism and post-socialism and against the background of the capitalist globalization that has so radically affected contemporary China. It juxtaposes and compares avant-garde artists and independent filmmakers form a number of intertwined perspectives, particularly in their shared avant-garde postures and perceptions. Book jacket.