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Geisha : a unique world of tradition, elegance, and art

Author: John Gallagher, (Translator)
Publisher: London : Produced by PRC Pub. ; New York : Distributed in U.S. & Canada by Sterling Pub. Co., 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Japan's geisha have fascinated and allured westerners for centuries. But just who are geisha? This book delves into their lives and history with detailed coverage of their training, their costumes, and the intricate world of tradition in which they live and work. This finely illustrated book looks at the gradations of rank, clothing, and makeup, as well as the subtle changes of geisha appearance through the seasons.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Pictorial works
Nonfiction
Illustrated works
Ouvrages illustrés
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gallagher, (Translator)
ISBN: 1856486974 9781856486972
OCLC Number: 53331495
Notes: Includes a timeline of geisha and related history.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 30 cm
Contents: The flower-and-willow world --
Geisha quarters: the hanamachi --
History of geisha --
Becoming a geisha --
The day of a geisha --
Geisha dress --
Geisha in the modern world --
Getting in touch with geisha --
A timeline of geisha and related history.
Responsibility: John Gallagher.
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Japan's geisha have fascinated and allured westerners for centuries. But just who are geisha? This book delves into their lives and history with detailed coverage of their training, their costumes, and the intricate world of tradition in which they live and work. This finely illustrated book looks at the gradations of rank, clothing, and makeup, as well as the subtle changes of geisha appearance through the seasons. It explores the network of dance schools, teahouses, temples, offices and traditional crafts, with calligraphers, dyers, and sake warmers among the many occupations serving in the hanamachi or "flower towns," as geisha districts are known. The geisha craft itself draws on an array of traditional Japanese arts: dance, tea ceremony, traditional music, and games, all in the service of leisure. This book explains how this complex and often misunderstood world evolved, how it fits into modern Japan, and how it is adapting in order to survive there.--From publisher description.

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