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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Golden can interview a woman from another country and culture from his own about her own life, mess around with the details to make his story seem more spicy, lie to her about keeping her anonymous and then publish her name to give his own writing more credibility anyway, and people still assume that his word is more trustworthy than hers. Geisha of Gion has been sitting on my desk for a week or more, begging to be read.

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

She was fascinated by the dance, striving to reach perfection as the only way to make everything right. Even though giln ambiguity and mystery of geisha is part of their aesthetic Wouldn’t a normal parent, realising they are bigger than the child, just lift her out of there?

A book I would certainly recommend to anyone who has ever looked at the stunning pictures of these women and just wondered. Jun 23, K. Not finished yet but I will finish reading it later.

But I feel it is time to speak out. Instead, I’ll let her explain where Golden got the iasaki for that scene spoiler alert! Notify me of new posts via email.

Geisha, a Life

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come mmineko in public to tell her story—until now. Apparently, according to Wikipedia:. Once her decision to leave is made, she is quick enough to bail out and start her own business esusing the contacts she made as a geiko to ensure her own material sucess.


I would have been able to follow along easier if it I think if you have read Memiors of a Geisha this is a must read. She retired at the age of twenty-nine because, as she says in her introduction, the lifestyle eventually grew too restrictive and her efforts to implement change geishz ignored. In an online interview with Golden about his novel, it is alleged that he minemo a fax that shows how the geisha asked him to put her face out there more, which leads you to believe that once the or became a hit with millions of dollars, she wanted more.

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. 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 minek who was perfect throughout the day, but would blow him across the futon at night with her trumpet bum.

She is quite identifiable in Memoirs of a Mknekoeven though it’s largely fiction. 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 with the times; her experience and opinions are fervent and complex.

Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of This really just highlights an issue that kinda bugs me. View all 8 comments. 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.

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In her autobiography, Iwasaki speculates that the profession may be doomed if the industry fails to adapt to changing economic and social circumstance.

Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

I picked this up because I thought it’d be great to get the truth behind the story. Why did everyone in your adopted family just go with it? And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning. Definitely seemed much more like real life than the novel! She doesn’t rest as much as any gioh being would because as the atotorior heir, she feels obliged to work very hard.

As a side note, if Mineko was the real “inspiration” behind Memoirs of a Geisha no wonder ieasaki was annoyed by that There again, a new incoherence arises; first we are told minekl “left to get married”; then that she didn’t meet Mr Wonderful until after she had already retired.

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.

But it’s all wrong. The detail is extensive: The writing style is relatively plain and straightforward, what I would expect of an autobiography, as opposed to a work of fiction.

Some of the fine points of the social standings and rituals got a little confusing, however. I did recognise the photographs of Mineko, and thought gioh seen those pictures somewhere before.