FLOWER AND WILLOW WORLD

Published February 19, 2017 by rochellewisoff

Today Pegman visits Tokyo.

ありがとうございました
Arigatōgozaimashita, 
thank you to Karen Rawson for hosting this unique challenge. 

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My photo choice from stroll through Google

My photo choice from stroll through Google

Again, I’m late for the party, but couldn’t resist the challenge. Maybe it’s the extra 50 words or the fact that I’m merely a participant. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 150

FLOWER AND WILLOW WORLD

A thousand butterflies swirl in my stomach as I peer out the window, watching for the car that will bring my Hoshi-chan, my shining star, for a brief visit.

After we left her at the Okiya in Kyoto, six months ago, I cried for a week.

“It’s all for the best, Fumiko-chan,” said my husband Ichiro. “She’s following her life’s path.”  

“What does she know of life? She’s only fifteen.”

“We’ve five more children and can hardly feed them.”

I cannot argue, but Hoshi is our only daughter, my ally in this man’s house.

At her Misedashi—formal presentation ceremony—my heart swelled with pride. In exquisite silk kimono, painted face and jeweled hair, Hoshi, renamed Kikuyu, was welcomed into the secret society of Geisha.

She glided to me on lacquered getas and uttered those words I will forever cherish. “Okaasan, when I come home, please cook me a hamburger.”

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geisha-doll-painting

Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

20 comments on “FLOWER AND WILLOW WORLD

    • Dear Emmy,

      I’ve been fascinated with the world of the Geisha since I was a child. Author Golden’s book Memoirs of a Geisha rekindled that flame and it’s continued to burn with the movie and many documentaries watched since. I’m glad you enjoyed my story and my last line. 😉 I’m so pleased you dropped by.

      Shalom/Heiwa,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Karen,

      I have questioned myself every week as to whether I had another story in me. It always amazes me when they do come.
      Memoirs of a Geisha was the book that lured me back into reading for pleasure. At the time it had been years since I’d read anything but self-help books and the like. I love Asian culture…particularly the food. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comments on my story.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Exotic, exquisite and yet universal, Rochelle — the difficulties we have as parents watching our kids grow up and letting them go, and the simple pleasures and memories we have as children of home and mother’s cooking. 🙂

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