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The Office of Gardens and Ponds

The Office of Gardens and Ponds
  • Author(s): Didier Decoin
  • Location(s): Honshu, Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 12th Century

The village of Shimae is thrown into turmoil when master carp-catcher Katsuro suddenly drowns in the murky waters of the Kusagawa river. Who now will carry the precious cargo of carp to the Imperial Palace and preserve the crucial...

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Author(s): Arthur Golden
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1929 onwards

Chiyo-chan is a nine year old girl from a small fishing village,who has experienced a simple life until her Mother becomes fatally ill. She is sent by her Father to Gion, one of the Geisha areas of districts of...

A Single Rose

A Single Rose
  • Author(s): Muriel Barbery
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The temples and teahouses of Kyoto are the scene of a Frenchwoman’s emotional awakening in the stunning new novel by international bestseller Muriel Barbery. Rose has turned 40, but has barely begun to live. When the Japanese father she...

The Lady and the Monk

The Lady and the Monk
  • Author(s): Pico Iyer
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century

The author spent a year in Japan in search of contemplation. Instead he found a land of contradictions, where the monks spent their evenings watching game shows. It was through his relationship with Sachiko, a Japanese lady who combined...

Claws of the Cat

Claws of the Cat
  • Author(s): Susan Spann
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 16th Century

When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful entertainer accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit priest who Hiro...

One Hot Summer in Kyoto

One Hot Summer in Kyoto
  • Author(s): John Haylock
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A different side of Japan is depicted by John Haylock, who has spent many years in the country and shows the reader a very different side in this novel. A man takes a trip to Kyoto after shipping his...

Tokyo Hearts

Tokyo Hearts
  • Author(s): Renae Lucas-Hall
  • Location(s): Kyoto, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Haruka and Takashi are devoted to shopping and going out in Tokyo. She loves her Louis Vuitton handbags, Hermès scarves and Louboutin shoes. He enjoys eating out and looking through the department stores in Ginza and Shibuya. Together they...

A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice

A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice
  • Author(s): Komomo, Naoyuki Ogino
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

This is the story of a contemporary Japanese teenager who, in a search for an identity, became fascinated with the world of geisha, and discovered in herself the will and the commitment to embark on the many years of...

Cutting Back

Cutting Back
  • Author(s): Leslie Buck
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Travelogue, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Modern

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning...

Geisha

Geisha
  • Author(s): Liza Dalby
  • Location(s): Kyoto
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

The author, the only non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider’s look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite. The new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of...

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