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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It’s kind of upsetting to me to see so many people say they changed their view of the fiction novel because of this book. It is never explained.
She laments towards the end of the book that she believes that the geisha culture is dying, as the wealthy with the free time to spend time with the geisha are disappearing from Japan. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover!
Geisha of Gion : The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha
Iwasaki was one of several geisha author Arthur Golden interviewed while researching his novel Memoirs of a Geisha. In an online interview with Golden about his novel, it is alleged that he had a fax that shows how the geisha asked him to put her iwassaki out there more, which leads you to believe that once the book became a hit with millions of dollars, she wanted more.
Mineko Iwasaki might come off to some people as being on a high horse or arrogant or anything Mineko Iwasaki takes you geishs into her world with her autobiography. And I’m so proud of Japan because of those beautiful cultures!
After the Japanese edition of the novel was published, Arthur Golden was sued for breach of contract and defamation of character by Mineko Iwasakia retired geisha geisua had interviewed for background information while writing the novel. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Born as Masako Tanaka, she left home at the age of five to begin studying traditional Japanese dance at the Iwasaki okiya geisha house in the Gion district of Kyoto. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of We learn that from toddlerhood until well into adolescence, the author voluntarily spent hours if not days on end shut up in any cupboard within reach.
She took her job very seriously and she expected others to as well. Mineko Iwasaki tells the story of her life as a geisha in Japan. I can’t remember what happened last week as clearly as she recounts the events of her early childhood.
I especially enjoy the fact that she pretty much wrote this as a big “fuck you” to Arthur Golden, who ignored her request for anonymity when she helped him with Memoirs of a Geisha ; it’s worth noting that Golden also misrepresented many facts about the life of geisha in general.
I had just turned three. And so Mineko is gently, but firmly, prised away from her parents to embark on an extraordinary career, of which she will become the best.
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But an enjoyable read if you have an interest in other cultures. Or was it unique to Mineko?
The attribution of a certain ritual of the oiran courtesans to the geishas was probably what made Iwasaki upset. It was way too stilted to feel like a real, genuine account to me. This book iwasaik drastically different from memoirs of geieha Geisha and makes you wonder how both of these stories are about the same thing. Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Remember that horrifying part in Memoirs of a Geisha where Gwisha virginity is sold off to the highest bidder in a ceremony called a mizuage? It is a story I have long wanted to tell. The world of a geisha is one where women run things and make lots of money whilst all the time looking like the epitome of sweet, submissive feminity.
I don’t know if this was the fault of the translation or Iwasaki herself. The text states that a Shamisen is played like a Viola Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Iwasaki Mineko is just a woman born and raised in Japan, who joined the geiko when she was a small child in the ‘s, and isasaki decades working as a geiko in Gion; why would her account be more credible than Aruthur Golden’s?
Remember how well that worked out? The kimono itself can weigh pound!
She acts like shes better than everyone around her and bosses people around from a young age. Even though the ambiguity and mystery of geisha is part of their aesthetic Paperbackpages. Men are barely allowed inside Book ratings by Goodreads. 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.
Views Read Edit View history. Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki. No one could believe it” Whenever she visits Gion: 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 it.
Why did the mother of the household hand her such an important responsibility over Mineko? We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition, and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling. No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story—until now. I liked it but was not what I would call a great book. Japan portal Biography portal. I’ve been meaning to read this particular memoir for several years; ever since I read ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, which fascinated and enthralled me.
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Additionally, she provides the kind of criticism to iwasaji one simply cannot offer without being fully involved in its workings. She also tells it with a humble sense of gratitude; acknowledging was she is but not boasting about it. These are tallied and reported to the Kabukai. As a side note, if Mineko od the real “inspiration” behind Memoirs of a Geisha no wonder she was annoyed by that And one that I ultimately had to leave.
Some elaboration would have been fantastic.