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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Other books in this series. She would learn the formal customs and language of the geisha, and study the ancient arts of Japanese dance and music.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The book starts with her childhood, when she was three years old and the owner of an okiya first started trying to recruit her. Geisha are NOT prostitutes.

View all 3 comments. She later sued him from breach of contract and defamation of character as she had wanted to remain anonymous and the acknowledgments specifically thanked her as a source. All memoirs are selective, this one perhaps more than some.

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Mineko born Masako Tanaka joined the Iwasaki okiya as a child, due to some family issues. Every time I picked this book up, I fell asleep.

For his book, Arthur Golden conducted a lot of interviews with a retired geisha, which formed the basis for the story. Many say I was the best geisha of my generation; I was certainly th “No woman in the three-hundred year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in gejsha to tell her story.


September Group Read 1. Lists with This Book. Apparently, according to Wikipedia: Geisha really are the real gioh This is definitely not a re-read moneko Memoirs of a Geisha and stands on its own If you are interested in learning more about geisha, and as known in Kyoto as geiko, I highly recommend giving this book a read. View all 10 comments. The author of that, Arthur Golden, interviewed Mineko Iwasaki and twisted her tales into falsities, making it seem that geisha were high class prostitutes.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The book details her life as a geisha from childhood up until fo retirement a few years ago, in her 40s. Put straightforward, Mineko Iwasaki is a bad ass, and I would love to meet her one day if possible.

I have read a few books on Geisha’s and always found them interesting so when I saw this recommended on a forum I ordered mjneko. At some points she jumped forward in time then jumped back in time and it was hard for me to keep track of her age and what other things were happening at the same time.

She is quite identifiable in Memoirs of a Geishaeven though it’s largely fiction.

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

For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards. I know from experience, she had to be getting more than “one hour of sleep a night”. The detail is extensive: I found this book on Wikipedia while reading about Memoirs of a Geisha. As she matured, she became one of the most popular geisha of the Gion area. It became a worldwide bestseller.

No one could believe it” Whenever she visits Gion: Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mineko Iwasaki unfortunately comes off as very unlikeable in this book. Geisha of Gion or Geisha, A Lifeas the US version has it is the autobiographical account of Mineko Iwasaki, the most famous geiko only the geisha in Kyoto are called geiko in Kyoto before her retirement at If you want to write a book that proves geisha aren’t prostitutes, maybe don’t include a scene where the geisha has sex for moneyespecially if that little detail is a complete fabrication.


And Mineko must first contend with her bitterly jealous sister who is determined to sabotage her success. The Memoirs of a Geisha author was clearly in the wrong here. 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. Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. For example, in the novel the main character Sayuri’s virginity called mizuage in the novel is auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The author is a really amazing person.

Like it kind of made me laugh. Especially in the ‘s when even sushi was completely exotic to the British palette. Just enjoy reading them! Iwasaki unexpectedly retired at the height of her career, at the age of This is not the case – oiran, a high class courtesan, sold their bodies, not geisha.

Skies and Fairytales: Geisha of Gion – Mineko Iwasaki

Price may vary by retailer. They have to take so many lessons, performing those arts dancing, singing, playing traditional music instruments, etc while wearing heavy kimono. It starts with young Masako her born name and her childhood with her family, which she states was the happiest time of her life.

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