Ariake: Poems of Love and Longing by the Women Courtiers of Ancient Japan

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Books like Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha have signaled the current fascination with the discreetly private side of Japan during the evocative age of dynasties and imperial rule. Ariake, a stunning gift book, offers up the passionate words of the elegant and cultured female courtesans of ancient Japan. It was customary in the late 1st and early 2nd century Japanese courts for women to express their hearts' greatest desires and sorrows through poetry. Translated and compiled in Ariake, these lyrical and ...

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Overview

Books like Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha have signaled the current fascination with the discreetly private side of Japan during the evocative age of dynasties and imperial rule. Ariake, a stunning gift book, offers up the passionate words of the elegant and cultured female courtesans of ancient Japan. It was customary in the late 1st and early 2nd century Japanese courts for women to express their hearts' greatest desires and sorrows through poetry. Translated and compiled in Ariake, these lyrical and poignant verses of seduction, love, and lament are both simple and extraordinary. Illustrated throughout with gorgeous collages that evoke the color, fabric, and textures of the East, Ariake brings to life the subtle eloquence of ancient Japan and the universal passions and torments of love. Ariake is an exquisite and timeless volume of the heart's longing.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780811828130
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Rae Grant is a New York based book designer and artist with degrees in Anthropology and Asian Studies.

Liza Dalby is the only westerner ever to have joined the ranks of the geisha. She is the author of many books, including the classic Geisha and a new novel, The Tale of Murasaki.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Words of ancient dreamy love

    What a refreshment to learn from this book that the best poets of this Heian area (approximately 800-1100A.D.) were women. Ariake refers to the Japanese, meaning the 'waning of the moon at dawn', when Japanese courtier lovers would part from each other. Poems were later delivered back and forth. Whereas the Western woman is held as the passive object of desire, these ancient Japanese women poets took a much more passionate and active stance. Haiku-like, these simple verses tenderly express the longing and passion of these woman. Bright, brief images that hallmark Japan intersperse their words. References to cherry blossoms, seedlings, and the wind across the bay evoke the beauty of the country and send us a photgraph of how life was so long ago. If you're a woman, buy it and send it to someone you adore, anonymously, if need be...If you are a man, read how powerful feminine stirrings can be. They are every bit as passionate as the idealized male's are...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    Beautiful Book

    An exceptional combination of exquisite poetry and very unique dreamlike collages that are spellbinding. It has to be held it is so essentially tactile. A wonderful gift for anyone.

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