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Onsen geisha 温泉芸者 (Hot Spring Geisha)
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- Onsen geisha 温泉芸者 (Hot Spring Geisha)
Photobook. One volume. First edition.
- Made in: Tokyo-to
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)
2010 Feb-Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Topographic representation of: Nagano-ken
- PB.61 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF16232
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