Saturday, September 10, 2005

Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha,
originally uploaded by francesbean.
With a trip to Kyoto imminent, it is high time I researched some more about these unique facets of Japanese culture.

Okay, I am a huge fan of both the girls from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon too. To see these martial arts gurus together on the big screen again will be interesting.

Who are Geisha?
"Gei" means arts or performance in Japanese. "Sha" means people. Geisha are professional hostesses who entertain guests through various performing arts. Geisha girls and women are not ordinary hostesses and are not prostitutes.
Dwindling Geisha
In all Japan, Kyoto still has the most geisha. But as more ladies retire and are not replaced, their numbers continue to fall: today there are probably around 100 geisha, and 80 maiko (apprentice geisha) left in the city.
Adam has taken off for the white stuff in Australia's back country. So Jill has kindly taken charge of posting me a copy of the book. A million thanks there. For the movie buffs unaware of the Internet Movie DataBase, check out this movie's entry at


Dread Pirate Robert said...

Personally, I found the book Pink Samurai by Nicholas Bornoff, a comprehensive study of sexuality and attitudes in Japan, to be one of the most interesting books I read while living in Japan. And not just so I could date Japanese women. Hope you're enjoying Japan. Hiroshima is a lovely place to be!

Vernon said...

Dread Pirate Robert,
Thanks for your comment. I have ordered a copy of Pink Samurai - why not!