TERUHA and Her LESBIAN LOVE AFFAIR in the USA.... And the LITTLE GIRL Born to Her in FRANCE
Above photo is OUT OF COPYRIGHT adapted from Jim Gatlin's original TERUHA Website. Notice the hand of close embrace around Teruha's waist.
The year is 1920, and Teruha has dumped the Kimono of her recently-finished Geisha life in exchange for the flapper look... and a couple of well-plucked eyebrows !
If you haven't read it yet, perhaps it would be helpful to read the caption under this linked photo first, and then come back to read the story below :
After the party just described in the SESSUE HAYAKAWA photo caption linked to above, 24-year-old TERUHA got tired of living at her New York City hotel with a husband who just wanted to go out drinking and womanizing while she was left alone.
Having been a self-educated woman since becoming a Maiko, she decided to take advantage of her stay in America. She left her carousing husband to his wine and women, and headed off on her own, eventually landing at a "Domestic Science School" somewhere out in the suburbs of New York. Teruha stayed in the school dorms while taking courses (and probably learning a lot of English). She also met a very nice girl, and took up something else --- becoming a LESBIAN.
Her lover's name was HILDEGARD, and for most of the nine months that Teruha studied, lived, and loved in America on this first trip, it was the love of a woman --- and not a man --- that sustained her.
Teruha would eventually return to Japan with her husband who didn't care about her Lesbian affair. However, Teruha soon found a man to cheat with to get back at her own cheating husband. She did so with revenge in her heart for all of the womanizing and affairs he was constantly involved in.
However, as all Japanese men know, MARRIED MEN CAN HAVE ALL THE WOMEN THEY WANT, BUT THEIR WIVES CAN HAVE NOBODY BUT THEM.
That is to say, when he found out about Teruha's affair with another man, he made life a living hell for her, leading to at least two failed suicide attempts to escape life altogether.
CUT TO THE CHASE....
The still married Teruha went back to the USA. From there, she went to LONDON where she once again met up with her old friend whom she once dissed on the dance floor, the popular movie star SESSUE HAYAKAWA --- who just "happened to be there".
What happened between them is not written in words, but Hayakawa told her that she should go and live in PARIS. She took his advice, and went to France, where she gave birth to an little girl. Suffice it to say, her husband was not the father.
Teruha was now 28 years old.
BIBLIOGRAPHY --- Primary sources listed below are in JAPANESE. Flickr captions edited and composed by Okinawa Soba from English translations done by a Japanese translator for Jim Gatlin, who provided the same in their entirety to Okinawa Soba :
(1) HANA KUI DORI [A Bird Who Eats Flowers] ~ The Autobiography of the Owner of Gio Temple in Kyoto (2 Vol. 1984)
NOTE : Just prior to her Autobiography hitting the shelves, Teruha said, "The public will say, 'Ha! What a book title! This Priestess Chisho has lived her life eating men, not flowers!"
(2) DEWDROP DIARY ~ The Autobiography of the Owner of Gio Temple in Sagano (1992)
(3) A SHORT STORY OF PRIESTESS CHISHO (By Genjiro Ito. A series of articles that ran in the Kyoto Shimbun [Newspaper] during December 1994)
(4) A REMINICENSE OF PRIESTEST CHISHO ~ The Woman Who Passed Away Like a Dewdrop (By Jakusho Setouchi. Published in the Kyoto Shimbun [Newspaper], 23 October 1995).
Okinawa Soba will continue to publish excerpts adapted from Jim Gatlin's TERUHA notes as time allows. Personally, I prefer these biographical notes of Teruha's real life to any fiction Hollywood has, or might come up with.
Stay tuned for more !
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