Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art

Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art

Geisha The Life the Voices the Art Here brought vividly to life is an icon of Japanese culture and custom the geisha in her role as human work of art and perfect woman A hundred years ago geisha numbered eighty thousand today there a

  • Title: Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art
  • Author: Jodi Cobb Ian Buruma
  • ISBN: 9780375701801
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here, brought vividly to life, is an icon of Japanese culture and custom the geisha in her role as human work of art and perfect woman.A hundred years ago geisha numbered eighty thousand today there are a thousand at most Happily, Jodi Cobb is able to show us before they vanish both the ceremonial world of the geisha in Tokyo and Kyoto and their private world as few outsHere, brought vividly to life, is an icon of Japanese culture and custom the geisha in her role as human work of art and perfect woman.A hundred years ago geisha numbered eighty thousand today there are a thousand at most Happily, Jodi Cobb is able to show us before they vanish both the ceremonial world of the geisha in Tokyo and Kyoto and their private world as few outsiders have ever seen it.Many of the older women we meet here were forced into this world by hardship the young women were drawn to it by their dream of aromantic life or their love of traditional arts We see geisha in their daytime routines fine tuning their breathtakingly lavish wardrobes perfecting the art of makeup training maikos apprentices and preparing for annual dance performances.But as we watch the geisha at night, as they entertain for huge sums at private parties, their art takes a different form Their purpose is to provide a dream of luxury, romance and exclusivity As the men sit at dinner, geisha position themselves at their elbows to serve them sake and delicacies and practice a brilliantly honed art of conversation As the alcohol flows and the guests relax, geisha play party tricks and sing songs Geisha have for centuries studied the male ego They tend it like a garden and we watch men bloom.This long hidden world is revealed here both in superlative photographs and in a fascinating text that includes the voices of the geisha themselves These women have created a life of beauty, making themselves an embodiment of Japanese culture, tradition and refinement a life that is captured exquisitely in this remarkable book.

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    Beautiful pictures and interesting information on MODERN Geisha/Geiko. Though I wish there would have been some captions for the photos. And there were also some pictures of Oiran/Tayu, but distinctions were not made between the two for some reason Geisha/Geiko and Oiran/Tayu are two completely different professions. Although I am interested in both, a newcomer to this history would probably not recognize the significant differences.

    A book in which the value lies more in the introduction than the photographs - if you want to learn about geisha without reading a full-length book, this is where I would go. Cobb writes clearly and concisely without sounding too "academic." Only about 50% of the photos are what I would call spectacular, but then again this was published in the mid-90s Overall a great starter book on geisha.

    I like picture style coffee table books, but I'm really picky about what I grab. I usually look for unlikely pictures, ones that are behind the scenes shots, or candid shots and this book is full of them. It's neat to see these performers as people. The text is pretty informative, too. It's the book for someone who likes Japan, Geisha's or clothing.

    It's a bunch of pictures of geisha and maiko with mostly-accurate captions. You could probably do better on Photobucket. The one strength of the book is that it shows several older geisha, and you don't usually get to see the wrinkly ones online. Very interesting how the makeup works.

    The pictures are quite nice. The problem for me was that much of the text spoke about Tokyo Geisha and many of the images were of Kyoto Geiko. It was a bit of a disconnect for me.

    This book is mostly photos but also text about Geisha, including interviews with them and their clients. A good book for those interested in Geisha.

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