Shimamura is tired of
the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains
of the west coast of Japan to meet with a geisha he believes he loves.
Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural
geisha and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that is alien to
Shimamura – their love offers no freedom to either of them.
is both delicate and subtle, reflecting in Kawabata's exact, lyrical
writing the unspoken love and the understated passion of the young
Paperback, 121 pages