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5.0 out of 5 stars The Geisha History, 2 April 2009
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This review is from: Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction: The Secret History of a Vanishing World (Paperback)
Our fascination with Japanese culture is tied in with the sense of beauty and perfection that permeates many aspects of Japanese life and which is personified by the Geisha, a living celebration of tradition in the arts; musicians and dancers whose work involves bringing beauty and culture to those prvileged enough to access it and wealthy enough to be able to afford it.
Downer has travelled extensively throughout Japan and built up friendships with geisha and their clients; her book is a sympathetic exploration of their world. In the first part, she traces the historical development of the geisha culture. Secondly she describes her own journeys and experiences, bringing the characters she has encountered vividly to life. Finally, she reflects on the future of this vanishing world.
Downer's knowledge of her subject is impressive but this is an easy book to read and one which can only encourage her reader's interest in this intriguing subject.
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