- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Diane Pub Co (July 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756782287
- ISBN-13: 978-0756782283
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,253,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Life of a Geisha
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The mysterious milieu of Japan's treasured geisha-with her stylized makeup, elaborate coiffure, elegant kimono, and artful, coquettish manner-has long fascinated observers around the globe. With gorgeous illustrations and a lively text, "The Life of a Geisha" explores the world of geisha, from their early predecessors in the seventh century to modern geisha today. Beautiful ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Japanese masters Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi, Kunisada and others reveal the special geisha spirit, or iki, that brought forth the popular rise of geisha. Geisha songs, haiku and senry (satirical Edo-period verse) accompany enchanting images of geisha in various stages of development-from shikomi or indentured servant, to maiko or apprentice geisha-to portray the unique realm of these female artist-entertainers who gained full-fledged geisha status only after years of shamisen-playing and other lessons. Antique photographers from the late nineteenth century as well as vintage postcards and posters offer a glimpse into the singular Japanese subculture that was little known in the years before World war II, while stunning art photography from the mid-1940's to today illustrates geisha's contemporary role as beloved standard-bearers of traditional arts. This lovely volume fully illuminates the seductive geisha world, offering a look "behind the scenes" into the life and times of this chastely beguiling female icon who has captivated Japan's most powerful men for over 200 years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I also disliked the fact how the author kept on refering to Arthur Golden's book, "Memoirs of a Geisha" all the way through it. The reason why I disliked this is largely due to the fact that Memoirs IS a work of fiction, not non-fiction, and it should never be used as a reference for trying to present to us factual information about geisha.
If you don't care too much for pretty pictures, but want good solid information, this probably is not the book for you.
If you don't care too much for the information - but want lots of lovely pictures to feast your eyes on...by all means buy this book!
If, you are just as obsessed like I am with learning about the geisha culture, it probably wont matter to you, regardless! *chuckles*