Bookmark Monday #12: Hanami Lady

b438b-bookmark-mondayMy friend Minami got this lovely bookmark for me during her trip to Japan. (Thank you! ありがとう!)

The design of the lady and the cherry blossoms is engraved on a thin, hard plastic. I used my old phone’s camera to take the photo, so unfortunately, it does not properly show how dramatic the gold highlights make the design look.

Hanami Lady

When I first saw this bookmark, it immediately reminded me of one of my favorite books, Arthur Golden’s “Memoirs of a Geisha”, and this scene from the 2005 movie adaptation:


“Memoirs” is one of my “ritual books”; I try to read it at least once a year. I don’t like books set during a war, but this one is an exception. Golden’s style is very evocative, and…the feels. ^_^

And that movie may have been trashed by critics, but I still loved it. Ken Watanabe is awesome, the costumes and cinematography are wonderful, and of course, John Williams’ musical score is flawless, as always.

Bookmark Monday is hosted by Guiltless Reading.

3 thoughts on “Bookmark Monday #12: Hanami Lady

  1. Minami says:

    Fun fact: i got that in a souvenir shop outside fushimi inari shrine, where they filmed the scene with all the orange arches in Memoirs. 🙂

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