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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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The author said that Memoirs of a Geisha was a work of realistic fiction.

But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan’s history, Iwasaki wanted more: She simultaneously loves and criticizes the hierarchical social structure, restrictiveness, skill, artistry, and effort that contribute to a geisha’s craft, particularly as interacts with gender and as it has failed to change bion the times; her experience and opinions are fervent and complex.

Where MoaG takes place around World War 2, this one describes the life of a Geisha in the 60s and 70s. The party took place at the Kitcho restaurant in Sagano, generally considered the best restaurant in Japan. What I really enjoyed about the book was how she explained the cultural aspects of being a geisha. Archived from the original on A young oiran also underwent a ritual called iwaeaki “mizuage” but hers consisted of being ceremoniously deflowered by a patron who had paid handsomely for the privilege.

She seemed to do this out of a sense of economic responsibility to her parents–who, by the way, basically sold three of their daughters into Gion, though they hung onto all their male children. I enjoyed this book of Geiko life immensely. Paperbackpages. She certainly valued the traditions, even while trying to modernize and improve them ie: Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: In stark contrast to the slightly weak, victimised protagonist in Memoirs of a Geisha, Mineko demonstrates her strength in this book by including stories of how she offended both Prince Charles and the Queen—on separate occasions!


If a history, ggeisha lacked description, and the author inserted too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story. She takes this to such a ridiculous level that, at one point, she insists that she doesn’t fart.

Skies and Fairytales: Geisha of Gion – Mineko Iwasaki

Why did everyone in your adopted family just go with it? On the topic of Memoirs of a Geisha.

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? The kenban is an independent organization that performs this service on behalf of the geiko association. Known for her performances for celebrity and royalty during her geisha life, Iwasaki was an established heir or minko to her geisha house okiya while she was just an apprentice.

Mineko Iwasaki

It doesn’t represent life as a geisha, it represents geisna seeking fame. She doesn’t rest as much as any human being would because as the atotori giion, or heir, she feels obliged to work very hard.

A book I would certainly recommend to anyone who has ever looked at the stunning pictures of these women and just wondered. It just didn’t read well at all. Many say I was the best geisha of my generation; I was certainly the most successful.

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

This page was last edited on 19 Octoberat Description ‘I can identify the exact moment when things began to change. Is this still done in Japan?

Burns Snippet view – It is, of course, not without its flaws. Her hard work throughout her life inspired my respect for her and the Geisha tradition even more than ever before. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of gesiha time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world. The author of that, Arthur Golden, interviewed Mineko Iwasaki and twisted her tales into falsities, making it seem that geisha were high class prostitutes. Bored or tired of the life she chose, she decides to retire at age 30; she says that the ochaya she was adopted to “inherit” has become worn and her geiko sisters not her, you notice!


Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

I would love to have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never says exactly how instead of about how amazing she was and that everybody loved her and that these the way Arthur Golden portrayed geisha in Memoirs of a Geisha is WRONG. The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– instead of being about income, in Memoirs it follows the form of mizuage which is used for the high-end prostitutes and courtesans, where they are ceremoniously deflowered by the highest bidder as explained by Mineko.

Iwasaki felt betrayed by Golden’s use of information she considered confidential, as well as the way he twisted reality. I liked the insight to traditional Japanese culture, something I’ve been interested in since my youth. Memoirs of a Geisha is a work of fiction- not everything is portrays will be straight on.

We are expected to be sharp-witted and insightful.

The plaintiff asserted that Golden had agreed to protect her anonymity if she told him about her life as mkneko geisha, due to the traditional code of silence about their clients. But this doesn’t mean we are doormats.