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

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




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811828130
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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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