Thinking about the future makes me anxious. I have no valuable skills (besides a useless degree) and nothing to offer anyone, so it’s hard for me to look forward to the future.
What was life like for the ladies in the red-light districts? I heard that they often didn't eat. — Anonymous
Still on writing hiatus. But I had this one mostly drafted already.
Obviously, conditions would differ by place and rank of courtesan, but not being allowed to eat much applied at even high levels. Feasts were for the client; the courtesan wasn’t allowed to eat in front of the client. From Cecilia Segawa Seigle’s Yoshiwara: The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan :
While the girls were still young, they were fed well. Once they became courtesans, however, they were never able to eat their fill and always remained hungry, because, as noted earlier, they were not allowed to eat in front of their clients. Saikaku describes courtesans eating nonnourishing food quickly in their room or in a storage room, supplementing the meager fare issued by the house with condiments they had a kamuro purchase for them. - Page 80, Seigle
Socks joined us for dinner Saturday night. My friend didn’t approve.
40-29-42 5’3 weight- 155
I decided to reward myself after my first year of graduate school with a photo shoot. I have always compared my body to others wishing I looked differently, but after this shoot I have never felt more beautiful.
A hakata doll in a cream-colored kimono. The design on the bottom left side of her kimono is a noshi, which is an auspicious decoration often attached to gifts.