December 01, 2018

Book Review Geisha in Rivalry by Kafu Nagai

















Author: Kafu Nagai










Translated by: Kurt Meissner










Publisher Charles Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo, Japan, 1963










ISBN 0293-000141-4615










Pages 206










This is a very interesting novel on a number of levels in terms of historical context and the topic which reveals the inner workings of a geisha house. Probably the most important learning from this novel is the insights gained about the relationship between a business and its customer, The flexibility required, the hiding of ones own feelings, the servitude, the focus and the importance of appearance, speed and detail in very small things. Overall we see the great lengths Japanese culture goes to meet customer needs. We learn the historical aspects of the region of Tokyo where the novel is set, Shimbashi. As a reader we are blessed to capture the feel of the period from the clothing, food and lifestyle, all the way down to the wood of the local bath house.
A fascinating novel, that is light fun and intriguing.














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