Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子, Iwasaki Mineko) also known as Mineko due to the book, along with certain inconsistencies and fallacies about Gion which were mentioned in Memoirs of a Geisha. Mineko Iwasaki, the greatest of the legendary Kyoto geisha girls, knew According to Kaoru Yoshimura, owner of a Gion tea house, she was “a. Eventually, in , Golden’s publisher settled with Iwasaki out of court for The main difference between Geisha of Gion and Memoirs of a Geisha is victimised protagonist in Memoirs of a Geisha, Mineko demonstrates her.

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It became a worldwide bestseller. Memoirs of a Geisha: I found this to be a very well written memoir about the time spent in the flower and willow world by a prominent geisha of her time. Her mother was rich, but her parents sold their girl children to fund themselves. Looking for beautiful books? Despite the many rigorous rules of decorum and education, passed down through a series of strict dance instructors and mentors, and the cultural passive role that geisha are expected to commit to in their line of work, Mineko’s stubborn and independent personality emerges.

Mineko worked night and day, never took time off, and wanted time for herself, but then she hated not working every minute and added extra events to her schedule each day. We learn that from toddlerhood until well into adolescence, the author voluntarily spent hours if not days on end shut up in any cupboard within reach.

And when it gipn to this review, I have some very strong opinions. Interesting in more ways than the author intended. How certain can we be that what Mineko wrote in the novel about herself is true? She certainly valued the traditions, even memooir trying to modernize and improve them ie: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

I got through it in only a day, I just couldn’t put it down! If you’re looking for Memoirs of Geisha part two, or the prologue, or expect another not-really-unrequited-but-seems-that-way-for-eons love story, all tied up with a bow and a promise that makes all those years of longing and hardship worth it 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 nineko prostitutes and courtesans, where they are ceremoniously deflowered by the highest bidder as explained by Mineko.


Mineko does a good job of telling about the life of a geiko geisha from her personal perspecive. No trivia or quizzes yet. Other geisha certainly took time off, took vacations etc. Fiction is meant to entertain– and that was a choice the author made, still based somewhat fact, as it is a true use of mizuage, even geisua it is not that of Geisha. mdmoir

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I especially jwasaki the fact that she pretty much wrote this as a big “fuck you” to Arthur Golden, who ignored her request for anonymity when she helped him with Memoirs of a Geisha ; it’s worth noting that Golden also misrepresented many facts about the life of geisha in general. On my way to Italy I found it at the airport, and immediately bought it. She belongs to a particular group of Geisha, from the Kyoto district, known as Geiko, who have distinct cultural differences that include their own language or rather, lingo and are sometimes considered a higher caliber of the artistic profession.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The reason she gives for rejecting the young memooir who come asking to join the teahouse is, “This is such a rigid profession, no one will respect you. Get to Know Us. American author Arthur Golden interviewed her for background information when writing his book, Memoirs of a Geisha.

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

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Some people seem turned off by her personality, and Memior suspect that is because of the cultural differences that are lost in translation, because the most common complaint- that she has a huge ego- didn’t really jibe with me. We are de facto diplomats who have to be able to communicate with anyone. This is a worthwhile read if only to lose some of the misconceptions of geisha culture as a whole – a culture that is about art and beauty.


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. Now notice for a second the setting meomir Memoirs of a Geisha. She iwaaki how, at eight years of age, she went to court to be adopted by the the okiya mother as she had to be to become the heir to the okiya and took the Iwasaki name. Its not necessarily true.

If she did, she was robbed. Some of the fine points of the social standings and rituals got a little confusing, however. Her gfisha reads as a beautiful balance between her personal recollections and facts on geisha or the term used specifically in Kyoto, geiko life in the 60ss. Dec 19, Tracey rated it liked it Shelves: I came to really like Iwasaki – she seemed honest about the blessings and shortcomings of life in Gion Kobu.

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.

Remember how well that worked out?

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Downtown Press; UK ed. But even if you are exquisitely beautiful and the darling of the okiya, the life of a geisha is one of gruelling professional demands. The kimono itself can weigh pound! As Iwasaki grows, her ideas and thoughts, which are in opposition to tradition, have you cheering her onward to achieve her goals.

To ask other readers questions about Geisha, a Lifeplease sign up. As a narrator, she tends to speak favorably of herself when describing herself as a dancer and entertainer.

It doesn’t represent life as a geisha, it represents life seeking fame. She has a lot of foreboding premonitions that turn out to be spot on.