Chiyo and the sakura blossoms


Caroline Young, artwork and text

QFWF, from the book “Memoirs of a Geisha” 
Chiyo and the sakura blossoms

Beautiful Chiyo dreams of the day when her love for the Chairman can be realized.

Despite her success as Sayuri, the most sought-after geisha in Gion, her desires are as simple and delicate as the sakura blossoms that shower her path to the Yasaka Shrine.

Does a geisha have the right to expect or yearn for her own happiness, or is she bound by what tradition prescribes for women of her profession?

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As an adopted child of Chinese-American expatriates, I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe.