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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This book was entertaining all the way through and I would gladly read it once more just for fun. I think that fiction is fiction and people tend to act way too seriously to it. You’re considering reading Memoirs of a Geisha, but didn’t realise this was the true story. We use cookies to give you the geieha possible experience.

Even in Dalby’s book mizua-age is referred to as a sexual initiation; beyond saying this is not true, and saying she herself had the rite, no more is said. There again, a new incoherence arises; first we are told she “left to get married”; then that she didn’t meet Mr Wonderful until after she had already retired.

Paperbackpages. According to her autobiography, Iwasaki worked herself to her physical and mental limits. Geisha of Gion eBook In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged iwasaji in the Iwasaki okiya householdto her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture.

I’m willing the blame the dry, plodding prose on the translation; less easy to excuse is the lack of transitions and topic sentences. Other geisha certainly took time off, took vacations etc. Iwasaki spent geiha childhood living in the okiya as a sort of boarding school it was a super weird situation, honestly, because her parents were allowed to visit but barely saw her, and also she was five before she ultimately made the decision to be adopted by the okiya owner and live there full-time at the age of seven.


She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha.

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In an online interview with Golden ov his novel, it is alleged that he had a fax that shows how the geisha asked him to put her face out there more, which leads you to believe that once the book became a hit with millions of dollars, she wanted more. I should have been reading it as nineko autobiography instead though, because it certainly has the texture of the traditional autobiography rumors are, it was ghost-written.

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I found this book on Wikipedia while reading about Memoirs of a Geisha.

Iwasaki tried to make this part memoir iwaswki part history, and she ended up with poor excuses for either. Dec 11, Giion rated it really liked it Shelves: I have no idea how many kimono I actually owned during my career, but I imagine it was over three hundred.

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. Anyway, I picked up minwko book because I like Memoirs and felt almost obliged to have read the true account, lest I get too consumed by what may have been but wasn’t.

Common terms and phrases asked atotori Auntie Oima banquet beautiful became becoming a maiko began Big Mistress called closet customers dance dancer debut decided door dressed face father feel felt friends front Fusanoya geisha genkan Gion Kobu girls guests hair hanadai hand iemoto Inoue School Iwasaki okiya Japan Japanese jikata Kabukai karyukai kimono knew Kuniko Kyoto lessons living looked Madame Oima maids maiko and geiko Mama Masako Mine-chan Mineko Mineko Iwasaki Miss Miyako Odori mizuage morning Mother Sakaguchi never night Nyokoba ochaya Oima’s oiran okasan Old Meanie Onesan otome ozashiki parents rehearsal restaurant shamisen silk sister sitting someone soon started stop sure talk Tanigawa tatami tea ceremony teacher tell thank thing thought tion Tomiko took Toshio train turned walked wearing women Yachiyo Yaeko Yoneyu Yuriko.

Like it kind of made me laugh. I would have been able to follow along easier if it was told from a time line perspective rather than event perspective so to speak. Memoirs of a Geisha jameskennedymonash. The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace. She was such a precocious child and precocious adult and she can’t understand why she has no friends.


What I didn’t like was the anger and chiding that loomed throughout the autobiography. I really liked that book for much longer than I should have I remember hearing that they were making a movie version and being really invested in who they castand it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned some unpleasant truths about the creation of this book. The attribution of a certain ritual of the oiran courtesans to the geishas was probably what made Iwasaki upset.

What really came across was Mineko’s self discipline and work ethic and on reflection of her career how important it was to dispel the myth of a what a Geisha actually does. 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.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in geisha life or has read Memiors of a Geisha. Book ratings by Goodreads. They write the tallies down on slips of paper that they place in a box in the iwasakj of the ochaya. The author wanted people to know that geishas are not what they seem.

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I love the detail she gives on traditions of a geiko as well as the intricacies associated with each year and season and the symbolism and immense cost of each important occasion and dress of a geisha’s career. A Life USA in She had been chosen as the house’s atotorior heir. The kimono itself can mjneko pound! The book was published as Geisha, a Life [3] in the U.

I came to really like Iwasaki – she seemed honest about the blessings and shortcomings of life in Gion Kobu. Other editions – View all Geisha: You get to read about how Mineko meets Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and several other celebrities that we ‘know’.

If a history, it lacked description, and the author inserted too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story.

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