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Memoirs of a Geisha

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In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerles...
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The book, Memoirs of a Geisha, starts with a little girl named Chiyo who lives in a small fishing village named Yoroido. It goes through how her own father sells her to an okiya, a house where geisha live, has her named changed, and how she struggles to survive. She tries to escape with her sister, only to be caught and beat severely for the attempt. She later becomes a apprentice Geisha, who's mizuage is sold for one of the record highs, and becomes one of the most successful Geisha of all time. Then World War II hits Japan. She struggles to survive once the war hits the land of Japan, and is there to experience the atomic bombs hit the country and see the destruction and devastation it caused, and rises again.

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A Beautiful Geisha

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This photo is one of a geisha, and how they loook in modern Japan. She shows geisha hair, amkeup, and how they wore the kimono very well. I personally think that some geisha are very beautiful, and deserve the recognition they get in Japan for everything they go through to be who they are.

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The Last Concubine

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How do you fall in love when your society has no word for it? "The Last Concubine" is an epic love story closely based on historical even...
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This book as about the time where Japan was turning from medieval to modern, which was an important time in Japan's history. The story seems very interesting with a mix of action, adventure, romance, and mystery, which are vey interesting to read together. Geisha are a type of concubine, so you can easily relate the books, and learn about the history of Japan while reading about real people and what really happened to them. I would read this just because it seems like it'd be very interesting to read.

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A tale of two geisha The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), Nov 18, 2000.

A tale of two geisha The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), Nov 18, 2000. | Memoirs of a Geisha | Scoop.it
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The article is about the story the author tells about two different geisha who tell her their story. Thwy talk abou tpretty much everything, includint the secret of mizugae. Mizugae is when an apprentance geisha is made into a geisha buy selling her virginity to the highest bidder. Mizugae was used as a way of repaying debts, because the geisha house kept track of everything that they paid for when she was living there, and this was "the first step in repaying" (Downer). They also talked about the dressing of the kimono, and how complex it is. The way they apply their makeup is also talked 
about, and how after "she looks like a beautiful painted doll". 

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The nuclear August of 1945 Nikolay Palchikoff. The New York Times, Aug 6, 2001

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This article is about what Nikolay Palchikoff saw when he went to Japan a few weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped. He was a intelligence officer who translated Japanese radio broadcasting for the US Army. He heard about it the day it happened and when he reported it, "No one believed my reports" (Palchikoff). When the bomb was confirmed by Truman, he was sent to Japan to make sure they were living up to their surrender agreement, and saw the destruction and horror that was left. He left the army, and became someone to speak against nuclear weapons.

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Map of Japan during World War 2

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This shows the Japanese influence during WWII, and how much the empire grew. The red is waht was origionally Japan, and the orange is what the took during the war. This was mostly before the United States got really involved, and it never got bigger than this.

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Memoirs of a Geisha (Full Movie)

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The movie, Memoirs of A Geisha, the storyline follows the book very well. It starts from when she is first sold to the okiya, unlike in the book where it starts with her childhood. It then followed almost exactly from the storyline from the book, where if any differences were there, they were hardly noticeable. The only difference that one could notice was the fact that the war (World War II) went by much faster in the movie. In the book, years passed while Sayuri was hiding away in Kyoto. In the movie, it passed as if it was only a year. 

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United Sates Holocaust Museum's mission is to "to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity". They do this by teaching about the Holocaust in World War II. By doing this, they not only teach about Nazi Germany's genocide, but also about Japan's genocide on China. They talk about The Rape of Nanking and how horrible the Japanese were to the Chinese people. They talk about the aftermath of the Japanese war with China and how to prevent something so terrible from ever happening again.

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The Pacific War Museum

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The Pacific War Museum preserves the history of the Pacific War in many ways. They do reenactments of specific battles to show exactly what it was like. They make everything that happened known and try to stop it from happening again. They also keep things from the war to go on exhibit and show film of what happened. Another thing they do is show and tell battle strategies to make it more real to the viewer.

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Eastern promise The Evening Standard (London, England), Nov 7, 2006.

Eastern promise The Evening Standard (London, England), Nov 7, 2006. | Memoirs of a Geisha | Scoop.it
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This article talks about the differences between the Japanese idea of an ideal beauty and the western version of ideal beauty and what people do and to look that way. The article talks about how "despite the sophistication of the East today" how Geisha still use Nightingale droppings to get their faces so white (MONTANO). It goes on to say how being called a "nuka biji", which translates as rice bran beauty" is the highest compliment to a woman from the East (MONTANO). The article goes on to say how Geisha used everything from "lead and mercury, to sticky rice, millet and zinc" to get their faces so white, which often lead to permanently damaging their skin later on in life.

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