CALL ME KOMACHI

by Christie Nieman

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CALL ME KOMACHI

by Christie Nieman

Kinu, a young and innocent high school girl, has moved to the city, started at a new school and made a new friend, Reika. Reika, a young and not so innocent high school girl, has money to burn, and Kinu’s innocence is at stake when she discovers that Reika makes her cash through enjo kosai—a ‘sponsored relationship’ with an older businessman. But Kinu’s innocence may be the thing that saves them both.

A contemporary teenage Geisha, Satoyuki, is disillusioned with the increasing emptiness, tourism and ignorance surrounding her profession. Her romantic fantasy of the pleasure quarters of the 1900s transports us to the actual life of a 1900s Geiko, where we find that the romantic fantasy does not match the reality. The suffocating restrictions and intense powerlessness that the poetic Mameyoshi experiences after she allows herself to become emotionally attached to her danna breaks first her heart, then her body, her unborn child and, finally, her mind.

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