What to read: Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Stories about Japan, What to read | 0 comments

This book is a real page turner! Mineko Iwasaki was the foremost geisha of her time, to the extent where she became a legend and was invited to entertain the highest levels of world society. When Arthur Golden wrote his novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, he consulted with Mineko but was apparently sworn to silence. Unfortunately, he then went on to tell people that it was Mineko who had spoken with him about the life of geisha in Japan; Mineko herself was upset that he had twisted...

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What to read: Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

What to read: Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in News, Stories about Japan, What to read | 0 comments

The Japanese royal family has long since been steeped in mystery. This book  Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne now changes that and gives you a rare insight in the lives of Nurihito and his wife Masako and their little daughter Aiko who are in succcession for the royal throne. Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne (ISBN 1585425680) is a controversial 2006 book by Australian investigative journalist Ben Hills. Billed as “The Tragic...

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