Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Pg. 99: Jan Bardsley's "Maiko Masquerade"

Featured at the Page 69 Test: Maiko Masquerade: Crafting Geisha Girlhood in Japan by Jan Bardsley.

About the book, from the publisher:
Maiko Masquerade explores Japanese representations of the maiko, or apprentice geisha, in films, manga, and other popular media as an icon of exemplary girlhood. Jan Bardsley traces how the maiko, long stigmatized as a victim of sexual exploitation, emerges in the 2000s as the chaste keeper of Kyoto’s classical artistic traditions. Insider accounts by maiko and geisha, their leaders and fans, show pride in the training, challenges, and rewards maiko face. No longer viewed as a toy for men’s amusement, she serves as catalyst for women’s consumer fun. This change inspires stories of ordinary girls—and even one boy—striving to embody the maiko ideal, engaging in masquerades that highlight questions of personal choice, gender performance, and national identity.
Learn more about Maiko Masquerade at the University of California Press website.

The Page 69 Test: Maiko Masquerade.

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