Geisha Girls of Japan

Hugh Ferguson
17th November 2012, 13:46
This is the title of a book I was given by the son of the 2nd mate of the Polyphemus (a.k.a. s.s. Clytemnestra)
Dr. James Johnston Abraham voyaged to Japan in 1907 aboard the 1906 built Polyphemus and the book, The Surgeon's Log, which became a travel classic, was an account of that voyage.
It was whilst the ship (Clytemnestra in the book) was in Yokohama that Dr Abraham (he was an Ulsterman) went up to Tokyo for the day and whilst there, purchased this little gem of a book, The Geisha Girls of Japan.

(If there is any interest shown in this clip I will scan other pages for the delectation of others who may have shared the good doctors notable appreciation of that aspect of Japanese culture).

oldseamerchant
17th November 2012, 14:09
More interesting would be to hear of your own thoughts and experiences of the delights of the Motomachi!!

Hugh Ferguson
17th November 2012, 14:44
More interesting would be to hear of your own thoughts and experiences of the delights of the Motomachi!!

Well, here's one! https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=16067

Hugh Ferguson
17th November 2012, 16:24
And another; a regular feature on the midnight floor show in the Morocco Night club, Kobe. What memories!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yn9lqFJRevA&feature=related

When I first listened to this song-sixty years ago now-I could never have dreamed that I would today be listening to it on a computer!!

Hugh Ferguson
17th November 2012, 19:36
An example of the somewhat florid language of Japanese translated into English more than a hundred years ago.

oldseamerchant
17th November 2012, 20:07
I would say you have left a part of you in Japan

Hugh Ferguson
18th November 2012, 09:30
On one of the visits, the son of the 2nd mate of the Polyphemus (Bill Holman) paid me, he brought his daughter and I couldn't resist showing her a photograph of her grandfather's Japanese sweetheart. See HERE (https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=15759&highlight=surgeon%27s+log#22)
(She is the girl on the right-little wonder he fell in love with her|).

Hugh Ferguson
18th November 2012, 12:29
Another page of the book, Geisha Girls of Japan.

Hugh Ferguson
19th November 2012, 11:45
A view on the morality of the Geisha culture.