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Book Title: Little Songs of the Geisha: Traditional Japanese Ko-Uta|
The author of the book: Liza Dalby
Date of issue: December 20th 2011
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.24 MB
Edition: Tuttle Publishing
Read full description of the books Little Songs of the Geisha: Traditional Japanese Ko-Uta:I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped to, mostly through my own fault: the book focuses on the lyrics and poetry of the 小歌 rather than the music.
While it provides tablature and a Western-notated interpretation of one of the book's twenty-five songs, it can be frustrating reading descriptions of how musical moods and motifs fit into the other twenty-four without having a way to directly check it against notation. However, it is understandable that the notation was kept to one song - it is implied that it was difficult enough to make the one Westernized transcription, which differs in some ways from the corresponding tablature as it is.
In terms of the poetry itself, some of the translations feel a little odd, but the context has been given a great deal of attention, and the book is overall an enjoyable thing to read. The calligraphy and illustrations are delightful, and the author at one point describes one of the song texts as a 'misogynist diatribe', which was rather refreshing.
I'm still not sure how I feel about the author's position as a non-Japanese person who has become seen as an authority on a traditional aspect of Japanese culture. If I were aware that that was the context in which this book was written, I might not have chosen to buy it.
Read information about the authorWith its fascinating story of characters caught up in a world they themselves don't understand, Hidden Buddhas may well be Liza Dalby's best work yet. Besides taking us on a journey through little-known corners of Japan, it offers us an engaging and believable portrait of people driven to do things they may not have imagined." --Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
According to esoteric Buddhist theology, the world is suffering through a final corrupt era. Many in Japan believe that after the world ends, the Buddha of the Future will appear and bring about a new age of enlightenment. Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious hidden buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days. Are they being protected, or are they protecting the world?
From these ancient notions of doom and rebirth comes a startling new novel by the acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki. Hidden Buddhas: A Novel of Karma and Chaos explores the karmic connections between Japanese fashion, pilgrimage, dying honeybees, bad girls with cell phones, murder by blowfish, and the Buddhist apocalypse. Something of a Buddhist Da Vinci Code, Hidden Buddhas travels through time to expose a mystery you will never forget."
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