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I read this book about a year ago, unaware of the "Memoirs of a Geisha" book and subsequent film, which I became aware of as Zhang ZiYi (who stars in it) is a favourite actress.
I had always understood that Geisha (or Geiko) were not the same as other 'ladies of the floating world', but I had no idea that they trained for so long, so hard, and that the clothes were changed for each season, and cost so very much.
I got the impression that Geisha were patronised much as famous artists are now. People appreciate the artistic quality, but only pay so very much for the best to show others that they can.
I am glad I read this book BEFORE I saw the dramatisation. My only… Read more