Mistress Oriku: Stories from a Tokyo Teahouse (Tuttle Classics)

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The best teahouses served as venues for the powerful and wealthy, hosting statesmen, business elites, and industrialists.

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Restaurants and teahouses also played a key role in the cultural life of the city, developing carefully nurtured affinities with the world of kabuki actors, bunraku puppet masters, koto performers, the better off gidayu chanters, and the idly elegant. The enterprise gives her a new lease on life and love. A reputation for mature beauty and generosity earns her many admirers among the young, gifted but inexperienced men of the entertainment world, who petition her to take on their sexual initiation, a practice apparently quite common at the time.

Oriku embodies the values of a former age. Devoted to her business and customers, kindhearted and discreet, these the author seems to imply, were the true qualities of Edo that had become increasingly rare by the Meiji Era.

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A grim future devoid of the natural beauty and finer aesthetics associated with Mukojima turns out not to be foretold in the tea leaves, but in the appearance of a shoe factory, whose owner buys up land next to the teahouse. Nearby jetties are soon requisitioned for industrial cargoes, and to make matters worse, a new bathhouse and inn beside Chomei-ji temple sticks up a dazzlingly vulgar sign.

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