Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U: Uchida Kosaburo

Uchida Kosaburo is an artist to whom Mameha, introduces her protégé Sayuri. Memoirs of a Geisha. An extremely well written book by Arthur Golden, you'll never guess that the author of the work is not a Japanese Geisha from the early twentieth century. Uchida-san is an angry artist, patron of geishas, with a mole on the corner of his mouth that he often chews on as he's thinking. What a picture. At the end of the first meeting as Mameha and Sayuri step out of Uchida's house, Sayuri stops a bit.

pic: from Wikepedia
I couldn't help stopping a moment to take in the sunset which painted the sky behind the distant hills in rusts and pinks as striking as as the loveliest kimono -- even more so, because no matter how magnificent a kimono is, your hands will never glow orange in its light.
If you've ever seen Uchida Kosaburo's famous ink painting of the young woman in a kimono standing in a state and with her eyes aglow...well, from the very beginning he insisted the idea came from what he saw that afternoon. rapturous 
I can't imagine that such a beautiful painting could be really be based on just a girl staring foolishly at her hands in the sunset.

Its funny that there are internet searches for the ink painting and even several sites which tell people that this is a work of fiction, guys, don't go searching for the painting! If my writing was half as beautiful and convincing, I would consider myself successful.


  1. Never got a chance to read Arthur Golden's book. It's on my TBR list!

    1. Its a lovely book. Thanks for visiting, Sharon!

  2. Read it and loved it. Thanks Sangita for writing about one of my favorite books; much enjoyed your blog-post!

  3. I have not watched it's movie version for I did not want to ruin that sweet taste that book has left after I have read it...

    I am sure that there are as well people who go search for the "middle earth" :) Human brain is a strong believer :)

    1. So true, Ozlem! I was disappointed with the movie as well, especially with their choice of actors.

  4. I've only watched the movie, but its my general observation that mu vs on famous books cann't catch the spirit of the book. They say , a picture can say what thousand words cann't, but i prefer reading thousand words than watching a mu v. Thanx, will read the original book, and the list of "to be read" is growing with every post. :) Oh, there is just so much more to read, and if u add goodreads from Marathi , then two eyes and 24 hrs/day ..... just not enough.


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