The Yoshiwara and the world of Japanese courtesansIt was given by Lesley Downer who is an author of various books relating to the Japanese culture.
The talk was brought to my notice by a ImmortalGeisha member and I have to thank Lyuba for arranging myself and Hong to be on the guest list because tickets for the talk were £7.00. Although when we got to the place we mentioned we were on the guest list and the girl didn't know anything about it. However she kindly checked with the organiser for us and although there was no official guest list anywhere she said that we said the right things to her and it would appear that we are guests. SCORE!
The talk lasted for just over an hour and although it contained many interesting pictures of the Yoshiwara past and present, I have to say I didn't learn a great deal. It would appear that ImmortalGeisha website has taught me a lot about the courtesans life although it was interesting to see where the Yoshiwara is situated in modern Tokyo. However I don't think I will be visiting to anytime soon as it is not the most pleasant part of Tokyo.
Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures as there wasn't really anything to take photos of.
Afterward there was an opportunity to buy her latest book and get it signed but I don't read books often and the last thing I need is more useless things.