I started reading this book because it was based on an onsen geisha by the name of Matsuei. You can see her picture on Wikipedia. I like his writing style but because there is no plot the book comes across as very boring.
When the book is taken into Japanese context it becomes a piece of art.
Modern geishas are motivated by art and culture. The geishas in the early 1900's were motivated by money. Older married men are attracted to geishas, not young bachelors. If a woman becomes a geisha she would know that she was giving up the prospect of finding a husband. She will always be the number two woman in any mans life. The Japanese readers would know this.
The Japanese consider… Read more