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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These are tallied and reported to the Kabukai. From then on, Iwasaki worked full-time training to be a geiko before making her debut at age fifteen. 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.

Madam Oima is mesmerized by the child’s black hair and black eyes: 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.

She’s gifted at everything she tries: Wouldn’t a normal parent, realising they are bigger than the child, just lift her out of there?

It was a cold winter afternoon. Their child, Kosuke, was born in True Crime Children’s Books.

I thought it was a really good insight in to the Japanese culture, customs and traditions. The Best Books of Mineko Iwasaki takes you on into her world with her autobiography.


Geisha, a Life

It was the way in which she wrote it though, that was off-putting: She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans giesha the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends. For people who don’t know about Japanese culture maybe geisha for them has ‘negative’ image. I love the detail she gives on traditions of a geiko as well as the intricacies associated with each year and season and the nineko and immense cost of each important occasion and dress of a geisha’s career.

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The latter would explain why Toshio wouldn’t leave his wife for her, he probably couldn’t bear to spend the rest of his life with a woman who was perfect throughout the day, but would blow him across the futon at night with her trumpet bum. This memoir begins when she is three years old. She takes up golf: And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning.

I liked the insight to traditional Japanese culture, something I’ve been interested in since my youth. The book couldn’t decide if it was a memoir or a history of geisha in post-war Kyoto. Iwasaki will be 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. I personally think this is a good that people should read after reading Memoirs, but that they should also retain their love for the fiction book because it was written to entertain.

She also wrote with passion on her love of dance. 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 Retrieved from ” https: View all 4 comments.


There’s also a lot of practical information, like this bit about how geikos’ wages are calculated: This is also a memoir The autobiography of Mineko Iwasaki, the most famous geisha in Japan until her sudden retirement at the height of her career.

Return to Book Page. It starts with young Masako her born name and her childhood with her family, which she states was the happiest time of her life. But because it was fiction, he could have changed her name! Mineko Iwasaki was one of the geisha Arthur Golden iwwsaki for his novel Memoirs of a Geisha yes, that one turned into iwasxki movie, no, I’m not ashamed that I’ve seen it countless of times.

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Geisha of Gion

But this doesn’t mean we are doormats. I was eager to read this, so eager that I read it in French–the only copy I could find.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. 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!

And no, I’m not terribly interested in that aspect. I learned a lot of things that Memoirs got wrong, but also others I hadn’t known enough about to even think of.