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In short, this puppet version of O-Haru is the perfect image of the 'eternal woman'
of Japanese tradition. There is another doll-woman in the same Tanizaki novel
called O-Hisa. She is the mistress of an old rake of impeccable taste in Kyoto.
The story, written in the first person as a parody of a Buddhist confession, is about
a highly educated young lady of noble birth called O-Haru, who ends up as a
common street-walker hiding her ruined looks in the dark. When she fails to
Saikaku relates how O-Haru, exhausted by the brothel life, seeks employment as
a respectable housemaid, pretending to be innocence itself. But soon she cannot
stand hearing 'the screens rattling' every time her ardent employer makes love ...
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BEHIND THE MASK: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters And Other Japanese Cultural HeroesUser Review - Kirkus
Lots about the difference between Japanese Buddhist aristocratic culture and Shinto popular culture—with examples from films, plays, novels, prostitution—pegged, indeed chained, to the familiar idea ... Read full review
Mirror of the Gods
The Eternal Mother
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