Enlightenment Geisha: The Sex Trade, Education, and Feminine Ideals in Early Meiji Japan

  title={Enlightenment Geisha: The Sex Trade, Education, and Feminine Ideals in Early Meiji Japan},
  author={A. Stanley},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={539 - 562}
  • A. Stanley
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
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