Japan

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Life of a geisha

A white face, pillow strapped on your back, socks and wooden flip flops – what a work wear! A Geisha is a Japanese entertainer skilled in traditional Japanese art. The term Geisha is even a combination of the words for art and person. The golden age of Geishas was in the 18th and 19th centuries. […]

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Fashion

The miniature magic of Japanese netsuke

Netsuke, the small sculptural objects worn by men in Japan since the seventeenth century, first shot to fame in Europe with the publication of Edmund de Waal’s popular memoir, The Hare With Amber Eyes in 2010. As de Waal recounts his unusual story of inheritance, namely a collection of 264 netsuke from a great uncle, Iggie, these […]

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