Geisha: Women of Japan's Flower and Willow World

Geisha: Women of Japan's Flower and Willow World

by Tina Skinner, Mary L. Martin, Wes Ponder
     
 
This is the most comprehensive assembly of historic geisha images ever compiled in a book. Over 500 exquisite views - drawn from postcards produced primarily between 1900 and 1940 - illustrate the rarified world of Japan's now-extinct licensed pleasure districts.The comprehensive text introduces historical background about the talented geisha entertainers and other

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This is the most comprehensive assembly of historic geisha images ever compiled in a book. Over 500 exquisite views - drawn from postcards produced primarily between 1900 and 1940 - illustrate the rarified world of Japan's now-extinct licensed pleasure districts.The comprehensive text introduces historical background about the talented geisha entertainers and other women who were indentured in virtual slavery within the famed and idealized "Flower and Willow World." High-class prostitutes, as well as lowly tea servers are pictured, and the life of early 20th century women in Japan is explored. The symbolic kimono, poses, and accouterments of the women photographed are explained in captioning that will help to open the eyes of many Westerners to Japanese culture, and help to debunk misconceptions regarding the status and nature of geisha.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764321535
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
08/30/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.05(d)

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