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Geisha: A Unique World of Tradition, Elegance and Art

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"Rises above many of its competitors, thanks to its ambitious scope...The book's photos and illustrations are frequently stunning....Gallagher's writing style is straightforward and articulate, with so much intelligence and grace, it's difficult not to be charmed."--Publishers Weekly

Take a fascinating peek into the geisha's world of tradition and ritual with the help of a
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by PRC Publishing (first published August 29th 2003)
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Tish Grier
Jan 05, 2014 Tish Grier rated it it was amazing
First, this is a visually beautiful book. The photographs of geisha and maiko (geishas-in-training,) both past and present, of prostitutes in the 20th century, and the historical illustrations are clear and beautifully reproduced on high quality stock. The text is accessible and well-researched, which is a rare combination in scholarly works. Gallagher is careful to note that the focus of his work is primarily the city of Kyoto, and he explains Kyoto's special place in Japanese culture and histo ...more
Patricia
Feb 12, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a suberb book. A wealth of information about Maiko, Geiko and all things related. Very detailed about customs, games, clothing and so much more plus absolutely loaded with photos. Not just for those interested in the flower and willow world it will enlighten all those who love and are interested in Japan. A pleasure to read.
Melissa
Aug 17, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Lovely photos, but some of them are mis-identified as maiko or geisha when they're actually Western tourists dressed up.
Sharon
Sep 27, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Great book, loved how the inserts layers of clothing for a geisha...wow, no wonder they needed dressers!

Covered history of geisha, will be purchasing this book.
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Nov 03, 2015 Prima Lily rated it really liked it
My life was forever bettered by learning about Geisha culture over 10 years ago. So I gravitate towards any and everything that has to do with Geisha life. This book did not disappoint.
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Probably the best book that I read on this subject.
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