Wednesday, 14 July 2010


One of my favourite past time is burying my head in books - I find all sort of books fascinating. I can happily sit in a bookshop for days! At uni I often find the library a place of distraction rather than somewhere to study. I'd often go there with lots of work to do but find myself flipping through National Geographic magazines or other random books. So here are some of my favourite books/author:

Memoirs of a Geisha

Having written a research paper into History of Geisha and Modern day Geisha, naturally I find all books on that subject very interesting and probably have read every geisha-related book that is published. Some are others that I find interesting:

- Autobiography of a Geisha, Sayo Masuda
- Geisha of Gion, Mineko Iwasaki

If you'd like to know about the intricacy of the flower and willow world, I highly recommend Liza Dalby's books - Kimono and Geisha. I also find Oriental history really fascinating, so these are some of my favourite too:

- Empress Orchid and all books by Anchee Min (I think its fictional but still pretty interesting to read)
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and all books by Lisa See

It's really interesting to find out why the girls from China used to bind their feet ... I remember a great grand someone of mine had their feet bound but I was too young to understand it. I wish I had asked her about it and the history behind it.

Have you read any of the books above and what are your favourite books / authors?

xxxxxxx Jay xxxxxxx

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