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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You are commenting using your Twitter account. I enjoyed this book and read it in two large chunks and the photographs included really added to the images formed.

Geisha, a Life

And I’m so proud of Japan because of those beautiful cultures! We’re featuring millions of their reader iwasai on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

The entire time I read this, I thought fondly of Liza Dalby’s “Geisha”, written about the same period. The overtone that she is trying to prove something that Arthur Golden was “wrong” [even though he was writing fiction, which I feel she should understand, since she knows everything about art and all?

Geisha of Gion : The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha

The autobiography of Mineko Iwasaki, the most famous geisha in Japan until her sudden retirement at the height iwasaku her career. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Iwasaki will mlneko describing a dance class, and then in the next paragraph will have moved on to a completely different subject with no warning or explanation, and it was irritating. The writing style is relatively plain and straightforward, what I would expect of an autobiography, as opposed to a work of fiction.

Mineko is nothing like Sayuri in any way. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace.


While it may not have been the perfect book, I applaud her for coming out with this story and specifically, her story. Men are barely allowed inside There was also something gionn little off with the description. 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? Mineko Iwasaki was honest about her personal feelings and personal trials. She retired at the age of twenty-nine because, as she says in her introduction, the lifestyle eventually grew iwasxki restrictive and her efforts to implement change were ignored.

But this was, not necessarily exciting and adventurous, but beautiful and thoughtful. Like any other society or art form. Madam Oima is mesmerized by the child’s black hair and black eyes: Oct 05, Cheryl rated it liked it Recommended to Cheryl by: For the Helmet reading challenge I put this in category She spends the entire book slamming the entire geisha system and is terribly offended that everyone doesn’t change and do her things her way instead.

Iwasaki Mineko is just a woman born and raised in Japan, who joined the geiko when gioh was a small child in the geisga, and spent decades working as a geiko in Gion; why would her account be more credible than Aruthur Golden’s? She does it skilfully mienko tastefully, not expecting the reader to be a moron but realising the cultural difference.

View all 13 comments. I did recognise the photographs of Mineko, and thought “I’ve minelo those pictures somewhere before. I would love to have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never s Yeeah Iwasaki was one of several geisha author Arthur Golden minrko while researching his novel Memoirs of a Geisha. In her autobiography, Iwasaki speculates that the profession may be doomed if the industry fails to adapt to changing economic and social circumstance.

No fetishization, no male gaze, no bullshit.

Known for her performances for various celebrity and royalty during her Geisha life, Iwasaki was also an established heir or atotori to her geisha house Okiya while she was just an apprentice. Golden can interview a woman from another country and culture from his own about her own life, mess around with the details to make his story seem more spicy, lie to her about keeping her anonymous and then publish her name to give his own writing more credibility anyway, and people still assume that his word is more trustworthy than hers.


Geisha: A Life – Mineko Iwasaki – Google Books

Mineko lead a life that most women can not comprehend, and many would probably find appalling or undesirable, but Mineko lived it well, I think. And I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be much, because naturally the real thing just can’t be as exciting and adventurous as a beautiful fairytale about the same subject. High mortality was tied to the atom bombs dropped upon 3 major geographical areas of Japan.

Written after the I started reading this as a memoir and realized my mistake because I was yearning for more emotion, more of an understanding of the narrator. A book I would certainly recommend to anyone who has ever looked at the stunning pictures of these women and just wondered.

She would have the reader believe that she worked and rehearsed nonstop for nearly ten years without a single day’s break–but again, no one was forcing her to work every night, she repeats several times that she was so competitive that she chose to do so.

After the publication of Memoirs of a GeishaIwasaki decided to write an autobiography, contrasting with the fiction of Golden’s book. Dec 19, Tracey rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 11, Jensownzoo rated it really liked it Shelves: For example, she tries to kill herself as This is Iwasaki’s response to Memoirs of a Geisha which I both read and enjoyed.

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