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Geishas and Floating World

Author :  Stephen Longstreet

Product Details

  • Country United States
  • Publisher Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN9784805315439
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2020
  • Bib. Info224 p,130 x 203mm
  • CategoriesSocial & Cultural Anthropology
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Geishas and the Floating World returns readers to a lost world of sensuality and seduction rich with hedonism, abandon, and sexual and personal politics. At the heart of the Floating World and the system it supported was an extensive network of talented courtesans and entertainers, typified by the still fascinating, enigmatic Geisha. Stephen and Ethel Longstreet bring the reader on an in-depth tour of the original and most infamous red-light district in Japan-the Yoshiwara district of old Tokyo that underwent tremendous changes during the more than three centuries of its existence. Beyond the erotic allure the district held, the Yoshiwara also fostered a rich culture and a much studied and revered artistic and literary tradition. This account is adorned with examples of fine woodblock prints and quotations from often bawdy, and always colorful, original sources that offer a gripping portrait of life within the pleasure zone. Geishas and the Floating World balances scholarly insight with a master storyteller's flair for the exploits and intrigues of people operating outside the confines of polite society. Stephen Mansfield's new introduction bridges time, examining gender realities and the Yoshiwara through contemporary eyes, highlighting often overlooked subtleties and the harsh realities associated with this glittering world.

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