Following becoming a geisha at 18, Abe was summarily divested of her childish misconceptions. The women she venerated, those she sought to emulate, had entered the geisha-house before preadolescence. She'd never achieve their prominence. Ultimately, she entered licensed prostitution.
After “changing saddles” many times, she departed from the business completely, and met her benefactor. Encouraging her to pursue economic independence, he proposed Abe start a restaurant. He’d fund the enterprise, but she’d need to apprentice somewhere beforehand. Enter Kichizo Ishida, proprietor of the Yoshidaya restaurant and the man Abe would murder and dismember (::wink, wink::) for love.
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