To ask other readers questions about women of the pleasure quarters please sign up be the first to ask a question about women of the pleasure quarters downer begins with the story of her embarkation on the quest to write this book unashamedly and amusingly confessing her own mistakes and . In women of the pleasure quarters she weaves together intimate portraits of modern geisha with the romantic legends and colorful historical tales that shape their fascinating past contrary to popular opinion geisha are not prostitutes but literally arts people. An authority on japanese history and culture lesley downer is the author of several acclaimed works on japan including a travel book on the narrow and the brothers the hidden world of japans richest family selected as a new york times notable bookhaving lived in japan for a decade she now divides her time between london and new york from the hardcover edition. One of the chief attractions was the burgeoning pleasure quarters packed with teahouses and taverns where women who a century later would become known as geisha sold tea or sake and might for a consideration entertain you with singing dancing or more depending on the depth of your purse. In women of the pleasure quarters she weaves together intimate portraits of modern geisha with the romantic legends and colorful historical tales of geisha of the past from sadda yakko who dined with american presidents and had her portrait painted by picasso to koito
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