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Onsen geisha 温泉芸者 (Hot Spring Geisha)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.61

  • Title (object)

    • Onsen geisha 温泉芸者 (Hot Spring Geisha)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1975
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    A superb documentary-style book about the lowest class of Geisha in Japan. Onsen Geisha are those who make a living in one of the numerous hot springs in Japan, having fallen out of favour in one way or another, (or who were never quite up there in the first place). Often elderly or a little bit less than attractive they entertain guests in the hot springs of Besso Onsen (Nagano Pref.) never to form any binding relationships, or if they do, to suffer the consequences. The stark black and white images chillingly convey the sadness of their existence, made all the more peculiar by the veneer of tradition. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010 Feb-Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.61

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.61 (Photobook number)

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