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Yoshiwara : the glittering world of the Japanese courtesan

Author: Cecilia Segawa Seigle
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1993.
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Yoshiwara is the first attempt in nearly a century to give a comprehensive and detailed account of Edo-period Japan's legendary pleasure quarter. The book begins with a brief history of prostitution in Japan and follows with a survey of the Yoshiwara from its origins in the early 1600s to shortly after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Yoshiwara society possessed for most of its history considerable glamour and surface  Read more...
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Seigle, Cecilia Segawa, 1931-
Yoshiwara.
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)651979675
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Cecilia Segawa Seigle
ISBN: 0824814886 9780824814885
OCLC Number: 26723631
Description: xiv, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: From Saburuko to Painted Harlots --
2. Moto-Yoshiwara. Building Edo. Izumo no Okuni and Kabuki. The Story of Shōkichi and Heitarō. Origin of the Yoshiwara and Shōji Jin'emon. Opening of the Yoshiwara. Early Days of the Yoshiwara. Miyamoto Musashi and the Yoshiwara. Yoshiwara Proprietors. Tayū: The Castle Topplers. The Story of Yoshino. Yoshiwara Duties. The Story of Kaguyama. Rejection. Illegal Competitors. The Story of Katsuyama. The Relocation Order and the Meireki Fire --
3. Prosperity and Profligacy. Yakko Rivalries in the Yoshiwara. Daimyō Clients and the Story of Takao. Visiting the Yoshiwara. The Cost of a Visit. Courtesans and Kimono. The Story of Kachō and Kayoiji. Rise of the Merchants. Ki-Bun and Nara-Mo. Treatment of the Courtesans. The Kamuro. The Sancha. The Story of Komurasaki --
4. Traditions and Protocols. The Fall of Millionaires. Shogun Yoshimune's Reign. The Six Tayū of 1720. The Story of Segawa. Music and Kabuki. Origins of Annual Events. Najimi Protocols. Money Protocols. The Story of Miura. The Taikomochi. The Yarite and the Story of Chiyosato. Sancha and the Story of Segawa III. Disappearance of the Tayū --
5. Age of the Dandy: The Flowering of Yoshiwara Arts. The Tsū: Paragon of Sophistication. Frustrated Literati. The Sharebon. The Kibyōshi. The Kyōka. The Ukiyoe. Technical Instructions. The Senryū. Moneylenders and Toriyama Segawa. The Prosperity of Nakasu. The Tenmei Disasters. The Kansei Reform --
6. Rise of the Geisha: An Age of Glitter and Tragedy. The Female Geisha. Hari and the Story of Kiyohana. The Shinzō. The Mizuage. Leaving the Yoshiwara. Presentation of a New Oiran. The Display of Bedding. The Shinjū. Parodies of Shinjū. Limited Egalitarianism --
7. Decline of the Yoshiwara. Atmosphere of the Ka-Sei Era. The Tenpō Reform. Corporal Punishment and Other Abuses. Venereal Disease. Last Efforts at Revitalization. Sundown at the Yoshiwara. The Maria Luz Incident. The Emancipation Act --
Appendix A: Procession of Courtesans (Oiran dōchū) --
Appendix B: Classes of Courtesans and Prostitutes --
Appendix C: Classification of Bordellos --
Appendix D: Ratio of Male to Female Geisha, 1770-1800.
Responsibility: Cecilia Segawa Seigle.

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Drawing on both historical and literary sources, examines life in the pleasure houses of Japan during the Edo period from the early 1600s to 1868. Among the topics are the origins, illegal  Read more...

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