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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Mineko Iwasaki

She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha. In fact, Iwasaki was extremely upset when she realized Golden had twisted her facts on the life of being a geisha, and decided to write her factual and realistic account.

This really just highlights an issue that kinda bugs me. The autobiography of Mineko Iwasaki, the most famous geisha in Japan until her sudden retirement at the height of her career. A Novelbeing disappointed with iwwsaki portrayal of the geisha life in that novel, and therefore, she had written her own memoirs.

I thought it kf a really good insight in to the Japanese culture, customs and traditions. In April I was invited to an informal banquet for Prince Charles. And this book tells the very detail about Geisha and their life. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. This woman wrote her book in a response to Memoirs of a Geisha because she felt that the book gave the wrong impression. She was legally adopted by the okiya’s owner, Madame Oima, and began using their family name of Iwasaki.


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Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Join our mailing list! Iwasaki felt betrayed by Golden’s use of information she considered confidential, as well as the way he twisted reality. This is yeisha a memoir in its own right. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Mineko brings to life the beauty and wonder of Gion Kobu, a place that “existed in a world apart, a special realm whose mission and identity depended on preserving the time-honored traditions of the past. I hope this story will help explain what it is really like and also serve as a record of this unique component of Japan’s cultural history,” writes Mineko Iwasaki.

I love reading memoirs – I think they’re one of the best parts of reading: The sort of culture she describes is so different from any I have ever known, I believe it’s all of our loss if we lose iwssaki sorts of intricacies. By age 16, she had earned a reputation as Japan’s most popular maiko and finally became a geiko on her 21st birthday. The whole story is pretty much a culture shock. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. One of my favourite books ever! Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

The misconceptions about geiko are long lived and sad. For people who don’t know about Japanese culture maybe geisha for them has ‘negative’ if. For instance, once she was adopted she suckled her elder sister’s breast to go to sleep And then I did some research and found out it had some very serious inaccuracies, and that Iwasaki whom the author interviewed had pressed charges for breach of contract.


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Geisha of Gion

Three and a half stars. I liked the insight to traditional Japanese culture, something I’ve been interested in since my youth.

To refuse would be discourteous and, if I were a iwssaki of state, it could even be construed as an affront to the nation, to say nothing of all the people who have worked so hard to prepare the meal. 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. But it’s a compelling effort, and especially valuable in a world where Memoirs of a Geisha is such a problematic and popular text.

But even if you are exquisitely beautiful and the darling of the okiya, the life of a geisha minekk one of gruelling professional demands. Eventually the restrictions of the profession catch up with her and she retires, feeling that she wants to do more. Golden can interview a woman from another country and culture from his own about her own life, mess around with …more White male privilege at its finest: But these are minor quibbles.

What I didn’t like was the anger and chiding that loomed throughout the autobiography. The entire time I read this, I thought fondly of Liza Dalby’s “Geisha”, written about the same period.