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Across a Bridge of Dreams: 19th century Japan: Geisha, samurai and change – Birmingham Japan Society, October 2012

Sunday, 14 October, 2012· Last Updated on: Monday, 15 October, 2012

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At the end of a busy week of lectures, including a trip to Gateshead, nearly as far north as Hadrian’s Wall. Took a train ride to Birmingham and thought I’d flipped through a worm hole and ended up in Tokyo! Birmingham New Street station is as huge and chaotic and confusing as Shinjuku, like a Tokyo underground shopping mall. People milling around, endless shops, and no sign of a ticket barrier! Japan Society members April Boyd (chairwoman) and Isla Wong took me on a scenic tour of Birmingham, taking in the Leaning Man, the Art Deco Sphinx and the Floozie in a Bikini. And finally addressed an enthusiastic crowd on not just geisha, not just samurai, but geisha and samurai. Book sales healthy …

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