Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki with Rande Brown lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Simon & Schuster, 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;
From the cover: For more than four decades, Mineko Iwasaki has lived within the confines of powerful but invisible constraints. Bound by an ancient, unwritten code -by the robes of tradition and the sanctity of our exclusive calling she and thousands of other women over the course of three centuries of Japanese history have shielded their extraordinary lives from public view. In Geisha of Gion, Mineko is the first Japanese geisha to shed light on the fascinating and arcane geisha tradition.
Captivating and poignant, Minekos book captures her earliest memories, beginning with her move to the geisha house at the tender age of four and her initiation into the profession that she would perfect. As we follow Minekos gradual blossoming over the years from Little Princess to the brightest of stars, we learn all about the intricate training and rigid education system by which girls become geishas, the specific duties and performances required of the women and the extraordinarily vast foundation of wealth upon which geisha culture rests. Filled with moments of great strength and delicate beauty, Geisha of Gion is a brave and luminous revelation.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
[IX] 334 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Biography category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…