TERUHA
NOW ON FLICKr....

Over 60 photos of the 20th Century's wildest, tragic, and finally redeemed Geisha Girl.

TERUHA, the NINE-FINGERED GEISHA

HUH ? NINE FINGERS ?

Don't worry, you will get to that ! But first......

As of MAY 2011, the late photographer JIM GATLIN'S "Lost Website" pages about TERUHA have been perfectly restored on the IMMORTAL GEISHA WIKI here :

immortalgeisha.com/wiki/index.php?title=Teruha_%28Meiji%29

Please CHECK IT OUT !



Other scattered captions have various remarks added... some still await comment.

This SET also includes the following :

♦ Other Teruha life story information, trivia, and anecdotes, that were never published on Jim Gatlin's website. For example...

► ► ► TERUHA'S FIRST SEXUAL EXPERIENCE AT AGE 13 :

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4446588770/

► ► ► THE LOVE STORY BEHIND HER ATTEMPTED "DIGITAL AMUTATION".

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4467457163/

► ► ► A FORENSIC ANALYSIS of the "MISSING FINGER" :

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/6167832934/in/set-7215...

► ► ► HOW DID SHE GET THE NAME TERUHA ?

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2718567707/in/set-7215...

► ► ► MOVIE STAR INTRIGUE and TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4471650015/in/set-7215...

► ► ► HER LESBIAN LOVE AFFAIR in the USA --- AND A BABY IN PARIS

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4472454374/in/set-7215...

..............AND OTHER SCATTERED COMMENTS THROUGHOUT THE SET.

◄► BEFORE READING MORE ABOUT TERUHA AND HER "CHECKERED LIFE", SPEND ONE MINUTE OF YOUR TIME TO READ THIS SHORT FLICKr CAPTION ABOUT ANOTHER GEISHA WHO UNFAIRLY SUFFERED A GREAT PHYSICAL TRAGEDY, BUT LED A FULL LIFE, AND DIED IN THE SAME CHOSEN CIRCUMSTANCES AS TERUHA. PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING ◄►

www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/1568521865/

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TERUHA, (22 April 1896 - 22 October 1994) was many things, including being a....

♥ Pretty Maiko (Training began at age 12, debuted at age 13).

♥ Popular Geisha from age 15. (Loved by her male patrons, despised by her fellow Geisha!)

♥ Young, Romantic and Passionate Lover to many men beginning in her young teens.

♥ Veteran of a few derailed Suicide attempts.

♥ Witness to the ribald lifestyles of Japan's elite...and defendant in a court case that sought to prevent her from publishing what she saw and heard. She won!

♥ Survivor of a few failed marriages.

♥ Lover of an American girl as an experimental Lesbian.

♥ Lover of her own beautiful and luxurious Black Hair.

♥ Single Mother (a daughter born in France).

♥ World Traveler.

♥ Silent Film Movie Star

♥ Successful author who published several books.

♥ Poet whose Haiku compositions ran serially in a Japanese magazine.

♥ Subject of several Japanese Plays and TV Dramas.

♥ Life-long diarist who's meticulous records of her times would make a tall stack.

♥ Bar and Lounge Mama-san -- owner and proprietress of BAR TERUHA

♥ Buddhist Priest from age 38.

♥ Completely bald after shaving her head when she became a Priest, but kept her beautiful black hair in a box for 60 years, and was buried with it.

♥ The Head of her Buddhist Temple until her death at age 98 in 1994 (Japanese sources call her "99 years old" --- meaning she had passed her 98th birthday, and was in the middle of her 99th Year of life).

♥ Finally, a life-long critic of her own Meiji and Taisho-era Maiko and Geisha system that depended on the buying and selling of young girls (as opposed to the modern day system that takes older girls on a free-will basis)

♦ ♦ ♦

Arthur Golden and his Memoirs of a Geisha didn't even come close to the real-life scandals (and the remorse, and the tragic sadness) that was Teruha's life.

Flickr member HisuiJADE left this short but telling comment at an old TERUHA post made for the OBI content : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2619768918/#comment721...


Above photo is a ca.1911-15 hand-colored collotype photo of Teruha when she was about 15-19.

In the meantime, what was TERUHA'S real job like when she wasn't running off with her customers ?

THE ANSWER : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2802613366/in/set-7215...


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JIM GATLIN'S TERUHA WEBSITE LINKS RESTORED

Dear Readers of these flickr captions,

Okinawa Soba (lazy bum that he is) didn't do a damn bit of personal research to find out anything about Teruha. Everything I tell you about her I got from a another photographer named Jim Gatlin.

Jim wrote a nice, illustrated Website story about Teruha back in 2001. During that time we corresponded, and he shared with me almost 30 pages of information about Teruha that he had collected but never published on his Website.

The material came from scattered stories gleaned from Teruha's Autobiography, and a series of Kyoto Newspaper articles that a friend translated into English for him.

To the sadness of many, Jim passed away in 2003. Jim's Website remained up and running (possibly paid for by a family member) until it finally disappeared from internet searches in 2009.

Fortunately, another flickr member named Annmarie Olsen told me where Jim Gatlin's defunct Website was hiding on a Webpage Archiving site. I copied all to my hard-drive where it has remained until now. [That move turned out to be a very good thing, as the Web-Archive links themselves would later become inoperable].

The hard drive copies were eventually sent to Naomi Graham, who used them to perfectly reconstruct Jim's TERUHA Website entries on the IMMORTAL GEISHA WIKI.

immortalgeisha.com/wiki/index.php?title=Teruha_%28Meiji%29

To my amazement, it turns out that Naomi --- the energetic Webmaster behind the IMMORTAL GEISHA --- was also a corresponding friend of Jim Gatlin from the very beginning.

Thanks again to AnnMarie Olsen whose "heads up" to Okinawa Soba resulted in the cliff-hanging capture of Jim Gatlin's old Website, allowing both myself and the IMMORTAL GEISHA to access and present the material --- hopefully, never to be lost again ~ !

WHAT ABOUT THE UN-PUBLISHED MATERIAL ?

In this Flickr Set, I will be combining some material previously published by Jim (and now found on the IMMORTAL GEISHA WIKI) with some new material probably making its first appearance in the English language.

These primary and original sources include :


(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).

Extracts include some nitty-gritty anecdotes from her wild-at-heart lifestyle, and some heart-wrenching episodes of disappointment and abandonment.

In this Flickr Set, the Gatlin TEXT ONLY appears at the two Flickr-links below, and does not include Jim's back-ground story about how he found the story of Teruha. For that and all the rest, please enjoy a visit to Naomi Graham's IMMORTAL GEISHA Wiki site linked to above.

TERUYA 1 : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2718567707/in/set-7215...

TERUHA 2 : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4452493729/in/set-7215...
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