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Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha (Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki) [Mineko Iwasaki] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. MINEKO reached the peak of her career as a geisha in the Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha ( Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki) – Kindle edition by Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown. Mineko Iwasaki, the greatest of the legendary Kyoto geisha girls, was the kind of geiko (the Gion word for a qualified geisha) who came along.

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Even in Dalby’s book mizua-age is referred to as a sexual initiation; beyond saying this is not true, and saying she herself had the rite, no more is said. Everything is described in great but often slightly clinical detail, and it’s worth it purely for the time Iwasaki spends describing every part of a geiko’s outfit, from shoes to hair ornaments, and the kimonos she describes are so gorgeous iwasqki make your mouth water. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Notify me of new comments via email. I had hoped to make it four, but by the end of the book I was rolling my eyes here minejo there at her constant “poor me” line.

This throughline isn’t as solid as it could be–in particular, it wants for a stronger conclusion, perhaps an argument about what she believes the future of geisha should look mjneko. Memoirs of a Geisha is a work of fiction- not everything is portrays will be straight on. Views Read Edit View history. This is also a memoir in its own right. This is written partially in response to Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha although it never says so directly ; as such, it’s made accessible to a foreign audience and does much to explain the controversy surrounding Memoirsparticularly the liberties that book takes with Iwasaki’s life story, as well as the way it elides geisha and prostitution.


Not finished yet but I will finish reading it later. I personally think this is a good that people iwasako read after reading Memoirs, but that they should also retain their love for the fiction book because it was written to entertain. But what really, really bugged me about this book is the author’s ridiculous arrogance.

Is this still done in Japan? Was this normal in Japan at that time? On my way to Italy I found it at the airport, and immediately bought it.

Skies and Fairytales: Geisha of Gion – Mineko Iwasaki

True Crime Children’s Books. She acts like shes better than everyone around her and bosses people around from a young age. Like Liked by 1 person. BurnsElizabeth A. Trivia About Geisha, a Life.

After the publication minekl Memoirs of a GeishaIwasaki decided to write an autobiography, contrasting with the fiction of Golden’s book. In the West, at least, ‘geisha’ has always been thought of as a euphemism for a high-priced whore, but as the book shows, the women earn far more as geishas than they could ever hope to do on their backs.

Geisha, a Life

Like way too strong. Three and a half stars. Either it was to save face in front of her doctor, or she actually did believe that she hasn’t farted in her whole life. If you’re reading this because this is the woman that memiors of a geisha is based off of I wouldn’t bother, Very little of her life was directly used in the book and most that was has been changed around so you may not catch it anyway. Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki.


This is not the case – oiran, a high class courtesan, sold their bodies, not geisha.

By age 16, she had earned a reputation as Japan’s most popular maiko and finally became a geiko on her 21st birthday. Book ratings by Goodreads. Japanese cuisine is an acquired taste. She went on to face death threats and wrote this book to tell the true story of her life.

This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace. This is a sad fact to me.

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Remember that horrifying part in Memoirs of a Geisha where Sayuri’s virginity is sold off to the highest bidder in a ceremony called a mizuage? A book I would certainly recommend to anyone who has ever looked at the stunning pictures of these women and just wondered.

The autobiography of Mineko Iwasaki, the most gio geisha in Japan until her sudden retirement at the height of isasaki career. She retired at the age of twenty-nine because, as she says in her introduction, the lifestyle eventually grew geishaa restrictive and her efforts to implement change were ignored.

Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world. If a history, it lacked description, and the author inserted too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story.