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Yoshiwara: Geishas, Courtesans, and the Pleasure Quarters of Old Tokyo (Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature)

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andlt;bandgt;"Lust will not keepandhellip;Something must be done about it."andlt;/bandgt;and#8212;andlt;iandgt;inscription at the entrance to Yoshiwaraandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For over a hundred years the Western world has heard whispers of the pleasure city, Yoshiwara, set behind its walls in the city of Edo itself, which is today called Tokyo. Here was an eastern red light district, the place for the hedonists, the womanand#8211;seekers, the sensual plasureand#8211;hunters of old Japan. There, behind moated walls, an erotic Japanese world unmatched by the West was created by beautiful courtesans, geishas, dancers, actors, and artists. To this "floating world" came the hedonists and the sensual pleasure hunters of old Japan. Many myths and legends encircled the secrets of the Yoshiwara, and still do. In time other Japanese cities tried to copy the original, sometimes even calling their district for geishas and courtesans and pretty waitress girls a Yoshiwara.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Stephen and Ethel Longstreet use prints and fascinating original sources to trace the rise and fall of this city within a city, a sanctioned preserve of teahouses and brothels that was not abolished until 1958, sketching a vivid, noand#8211;holdsand#8211;bared portrait of social and sexual more in Japan's capital.

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The late Stephen Longstreet and his wife and writing partner, Ethel, became interested in the culture of Japan and spent a number of years researching this study of the history of the Yoshiwara district of Tokyo in which for centuries geishas, male and female prostitutes and other entertainers could be found. This reprint of the 1970 edition is of interest for the attitudes of the authors at the beginnings of the modern feminist movement. Even a chapter on the fact that the women of the Yoshiwara were essentially slaves, forbidden to leave the area, is glossed over into an account of their superstitious nature. Those who ran away, according to the authors, did so only to seek out a lover. References for the statements made and for the quotations are lacking. In many ways, this book is as much an artifact of times past as its subject. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A vivid portrait of social and sexual mores in JapanÆs capital

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For centuries, Yoshiwara was the famed pleasure center of Tokyo. An erotic world unmatched by the West was created by beautiful courtesans, geishas, dancers, actors and artists. To this "floating world" came the hedonists and the sensual pleasure hunters of old Japan. A hotbed of art and creativity, it also saw the enslavement of countless women, sold or driven into the sex trade.

Yoshiwara traces the rise and fall of this city within a city, a sanctioned preserve of teahouses and brothels that was not abolished until 1958, sketching a vivid portrait of social and sexual mores in Japan's capital.

Synopsis:

For centuries, Yoshiwara was the famed pleasure center of Tokyo. An erotic world unmatched by the West was created by beautiful courtesans, geishas, dancers, actors and artists. To this "floating world" came the hedonists and the sensual pleasure hunters of old Japan. A hotbed of art and creativity, it also saw the enslavement of countless women, sold or driven into the sex trade.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Yoshiwaraandlt;/iandgt; traces the rise and fall of this city within a city, a sanctioned preserve of teahouses and brothels that was not abolished until 1958, sketching a vivid portrait of social and sexual mores in Japan's capital.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Stephen Longstreetandlt;/bandgt; was a prolific novelist, screenwriter, cartoonist and artist. He published over 100 books in his lifetime.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Ethel Longstreetandlt;/bandgt; was an avid collector of rare Japanese prints and drawings, a pursuit that drew her and Stephen to research and write this book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805310274
Subtitle:
Geishas, Courtesans, and the Pleasure Quarters of Old Tokyo
Author:
Longstreet, Stephen
Author:
Longstreet, Ethel
Author:
s, T., E.
Author:
phen Longstreet
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Geishas - Japan - Tokyo - History
Subject:
Prostitution -- Japan -- Tokyo -- History.
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
red light district; japanese; japan; prostitutes; geisha
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
20090910
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandamp;w woodblock prints
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 9 oz

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"Synopsis" by , For centuries, Yoshiwara was the famed pleasure center of Tokyo. An erotic world unmatched by the West was created by beautiful courtesans, geishas, dancers, actors and artists. To this "floating world" came the hedonists and the sensual pleasure hunters of old Japan. A hotbed of art and creativity, it also saw the enslavement of countless women, sold or driven into the sex trade.

Yoshiwara traces the rise and fall of this city within a city, a sanctioned preserve of teahouses and brothels that was not abolished until 1958, sketching a vivid portrait of social and sexual mores in Japan's capital.

"Synopsis" by , For centuries, Yoshiwara was the famed pleasure center of Tokyo. An erotic world unmatched by the West was created by beautiful courtesans, geishas, dancers, actors and artists. To this "floating world" came the hedonists and the sensual pleasure hunters of old Japan. A hotbed of art and creativity, it also saw the enslavement of countless women, sold or driven into the sex trade.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Yoshiwaraandlt;/iandgt; traces the rise and fall of this city within a city, a sanctioned preserve of teahouses and brothels that was not abolished until 1958, sketching a vivid portrait of social and sexual mores in Japan's capital.
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