Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha to Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The reality of the geisha’s existence, though – whether today or in history – has very rarely been addressed.
The real, hidden history of the geisha – and the contemporary reality of this intensely private and disappearing world – is here fully and brilliantly explored by an awardwinning writer.
‘Exquisite… Geisha deserves to become a classic’ -SIMON WINCHESTER
‘A fascinating book… packed with riveting detail’ -THE TIMES