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...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by PRC Publishing (first published August 29th 2003)
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Tish Grier
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
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
Lovely photos, but some of them are mis-identified as maiko or geisha when they're actually Western tourists dressed up.
Anna Tatelman
Read this to help with my research paper on geisha. Very informative and lots of beautiful photos.
C.C.
Love this book, the history and the layered photography pictures in it.
Lynda
Probably the best book that I read on this subject.
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