Pop Culture and Japan

Understanding The World Of The Geisha And Their Place In Japanese Culture

A geisha walking in Kyoto.

In Japanese culture, few images are more enduring than the geisha. A romantic symbol of classical Japan, geisha are traditionally shown as enigmatic, elegant, powerful, sexual and even lonely figures who have become a shadow of their former selves in the modern day. 

Literature and popular culture has over romanticised geisha, though it’s also made it harder to determine what is fact and what is fiction. So, who are the geisha truly? What makes them stand apart in Japanese culture? What were their duties and how did they function in daily society?

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Book Reviews

Geishas And The Floating World Review: A Fascinating Read That Separates Myth From Reality


Geisha And The Floating World review.

The geisha is one of the most famous images of Japanese culture. Elegant, mysterious and graceful, geisha have connotations with a romantic side of Japan that’s been perpetuated by myths and legends. The truth is a lot more complicated.

Stephen and Ethel Longstreet’s Geishas and The Floating World delves into the myths surrounding geisha and separate fact from fiction. The book charts the rise and fall of the infamous Yoshiwara districts that became a part of The Floating World and women’s roles within it. Continue reading “Geishas And The Floating World Review: A Fascinating Read That Separates Myth From Reality”

Japanese Cuisine

Etsu Gin Review: Handcrafted To Perfection

Over the past few years, gin and tonic has become my go-to drink. And with the gin boom getting bigger and bigger, I’ve been able to try a wide variety of flavours and see how they compare to each other. Etsu gin has left a lasting impression on me because of its floral characteristics and clean finish. Read on to hear my thoughts on this multifaceted drink and why it is one of my favourite types of gin. Continue reading “Etsu Gin Review: Handcrafted To Perfection”