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First Edition, 1962. Odhams Press, London.


Frederick Joss was a political caricaturist, satirist, cartoonist, author and adventurer. He secured himself a job as a cartoonist and current affairs caricaturist for The Star, one of London's three evening newspapers. He became known as "Joss of The Star", and he left the UK for the Far East in 1955. In Japan he began to draw and paint again in the area he referred to as "the sacred hills of Kyoto". 


This book is the story of his experiences while in Japan amongst the geishadom, he studied its history and traditions. Joss describes how he came up against secret societies, and how despite being mid-20th century, there were still strange surprises. This is more than just an account of Oriental customs and curiosities, but a tribute to culture and how it influenced Joss in his later years. 

Of Geisha and Gangsters by Frederick Joss

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