Nightless City of the Geisha: The History of the Yoshiwara

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The Japanese geisha is the ultimate erotic icon -- the courtesan par excellence -- and this is her definitive book. The life of the geisha is the most secret and traditional in Japan and today remains largely unchanged and unknown behind the teahouse doors. This remarkable work was the first to reveal the hidden world of the geisha of the famous Yoshiwara quarter of Tokyo, the "nightless city," and it has never been surpassed. Written over a hundred years ago, it is a meticulous description of every aspect of ...

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The Japanese geisha is the ultimate erotic icon -- the courtesan par excellence -- and this is her definitive book. The life of the geisha is the most secret and traditional in Japan and today remains largely unchanged and unknown behind the teahouse doors. This remarkable work was the first to reveal the hidden world of the geisha of the famous Yoshiwara quarter of Tokyo, the "nightless city," and it has never been surpassed. Written over a hundred years ago, it is a meticulous description of every aspect of geisha life, including the history of the geisha, life stories of famous geisha, the decoration of the teahouses, the different grades of courtesans, their costumes and hairstyles, the instruction of young girls brought to the teahouses, the art of selecting a geisha for the evening, proper conduct on the morning after, erotic practices, and charms used by geisha to attract lovers. The vibrant life of the Yoshiwara quarter is evoked with finesse, portraying the procurers and madames, the festivals and geisha processions, even the menus of the teahouses, along with such matters as forms of contracts between brothels and courtesans. Profusely illustrated with photographs, prints, and drawings, this is an essential volume for all who are fascinated by the sophisticated sensuality of the willow, the cherry blossom, and the silken kimono.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780710307170
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Kegan Paul Japan Library
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

J. E. de Becker was a lawyer and long time resident of Japan.

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