Blogs in August 2016

Geisha 10th August 2016

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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A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice 10th August 2016

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...

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Geisha, a Life (Geisha of Gion) 10th August 2016

Celebrated as the most successful geisha of her generation, Mineko Iwasaki was only five years old when she left her parents’ home for the world of the geisha. For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled...

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The Lady and the Monk 20th July 2016

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...

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Memoirs of a Geisha 1st January 1970

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...

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