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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”

Poetry

Ukiyo

It began with the spark of lanterns

Flickering in a city

That teetered on the precipice of change

A floating world,

Filled with the sound of artists calling to their muses

At teahouses passed off as pleasure palaces

Alive with gossip, giri and good times

Spilling out into streets

Heavy with incense

Geisha swayed amongst the fog

Kimonos bright with every colour known to man

Drifting between this life and the next

While chōnin rubbed shoulders with actors

Fresh from kabuki shows

Fantasy and friction

Danced at the table of progress every night

Until dawn’s light washed away the magic

For another day.