Nightless City Geisha and Courtesan Life in Old Tokyo

ISBN-10: 0486455637

ISBN-13: 9780486455631

Edition: 2007

Authors: J. E. De Becker

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Written over a century ago, this pioneer study was the first to venture behind the teahouse doors of the Yoshiwara quarter, Tokyo's red-light district. It remains unsurpassed as the definitive survey of geisha and courtesan life, with meticulous descriptions of traditional training, dress, social hierarchy, and erotic practices. 44 black-and-white plates; 2 maps.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 4.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku
Nihon-dzutsumi (The Dyke of Japan)
Mi-kaeri Yanagi (Gazing back Willow-tree)
Yoshiwara Jinja (Yoshiwara Shrine)
The "Aisome-zakura" (Cherry-tree of First Meeting)
The "Koma-tsunagi-matsu" (Colt tethering Pine-tree)
The "Ryojin no Ido" (Traveller's Well)
Government Edict-board and Regulations at the Omon (Great Gate)
The Present Omon
Of the Reasons why going to the Yoshiwara was called "Cho ye Yuku"
Classes of Brothels
Hikite-jaya ("Introducing Tea-houses")
The Ju-hachi-ken-jaya (Eighteen Tea-houses)
The "Amigasa-jaya" (Braided Hat Tea-houses)
The "Kujaku Nagaya"
The "Kembansho"
Classes of Prostitutes
"Kamuro" (Young Female Pages)
Yarite (Female Managers)
The "Kutsuwa"
The "Wakaimono" (Male Servants)
Hokan and Geisha
The Europeanization of the Yoshiwara and the Introduction of Loo-chooan Courtesans
Zegen (Procurers)
The Dress of Courtesans
Coiffures of the Yujo
Rooms of the Yujo
Tsumi-yagu no koto
Sobana ("All round tips")
Shokwai (First Meeting) and Mi-tate (Selection of Women)
I-tsuzuke no koto
O cha wo hiku to iu koto
Shiki-zome no soba-burumai no koto
Shashin-mitate-cho (Photograph Albums for Facilitating the Selection of Women)
Signs and Cyphers Showing the fees of Courtesans
System of Book-keeping in the Yoshiwara
Brothel Advertisements
Ageya no sashi-gami (Summons to the "Ageya")
Yoshiwara Dialect
Magic Charms of the Yoshiwara
Yoshiwara "Pot-pourri"
Dai-ya no koto (Cook-houses of the Yoshiwara)
Famous Things of the Yoshiwara
Peddlers, Hawkers, and Beggars
The Examination of Licensed Women at the Hospital for Venereal Complaints
Results of Medical Inspection
Mu-sen Yukyo (Going on a "Spree" without having any money to pay for it)
Yoshiwara-gayoi no Jinrikisha (The Jinrikisha Traffic of the Yoshiwara)
Sanya-uma da-chin-dzuke (The Cost of Hiring Horses to and from the Yoshiwara
Byo-chu oyobi In-shoku no koto (Of the Sickness of Prostitutes and of Their Meals)
Hike no koto (Closing Hours in the Yoshiwara)
Kocho no koto (The Next Morning)
Hiru-jimai Yo-jimai no koto (The Day and Night Engagements of Courtesans)
Raku-seki no koto (The Removal of Names from the Register of the Yoshiwara)
Gwaishutsu oyobi tobo (Exit and Flight from the Yoshiwara)
Yujo byo-shi oyobi jo-shi no koto (Of the Death and Double-suicide of Courtesans)
Shin-Yoshiwara no Bodaiji (The Cemetery of the Shin-Yoshiwara)
Karitaku no koto (The Temporary Prostitute Quarter)
Dochu no koto oyobi tsuki-dashi no koto (The Processions of Yujo and the First Appearance of "Recruits" in the Yoshiwara)
Yo-mise "Suga-gaki" no koto (The Night Exhibition and the Sugagaki)
Daijin-mai no koto (Dancing of Millionaires)
Daikoku-mai no koto (Daikoku-mai Dancing)
Introductory Songs of the "Daikoku-mai"
Dote-bushi no koto oyobi Hayari-uta (Dote-bushi (Songs) and Popular Songs)
Annals of a Year
Naka-no-cho no Hana-ue (Flower-planting in the Naka-no-cho)
Toro no koto (Lanterns)
Niwaka Dancing
Yoshiwara Nana-fushigi (The Seven Mysteries of the Yoshiwara)
Yoshiwara no Kyo-ka (Comic Poetry)
Yoshiwara Kwai-rok-ki (Chronology of Fire Disasters in the Yoshiwara)
Furisode Kwaji (The Great Fire of Meireki)
Mei-gi ryaku-den (Brief Sketches of the Lives of Famous Courtesans)
Kinokuni-ya Bunzaemon
The Laws Relating to the Control of Prostitution
Forms of Contracts between Brothels and Courtesans
The Medical Aspect
Result of Medical Inspection in the Shin-Yoshiwara, 1898
Result of Medical Inspection in the Shin-Yoshiwara. January to April 1899
Statistics re Social Evil in Japan in 1898
Pros and Cons
Correspondence from the "Japan Times"
Notes on "Jigoku" or Illicit Prostitutes
The Government of "The Nightless City"
Details of "Employees" Books
The Medical Inspection of Prostitutes
Special Inspection
Hospital Regulations
Medical Statistics
Digest of the Regulations of the Yoshiwara Guild
The Validity of Debts
"Yaro"-"Peccatum illud horribile, inter Christianos non nominandum"
"Golgotha"-The Last Hours, Death, and Burial of a Courtesan
Five Curious Legal Documents actually used in the Yoshiwara in 1902
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