Chiyo and the sakura blossoms

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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?

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