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Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子, Iwasaki Mineko) also known as Mineko She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha. Iwasaki was particularly offended by the. From age five, Iwasaki trained to be a geisha (or, as it was called in her Kyoto district, a geiko), learning the intricacies of a world that is nearly gone. As the first . An exponent of the highly ritualized—and highly misunderstood—Japanese art form tells all. Or at least some.

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The misconceptions about geiko are long lived and sad. Lists with This Book. The whole story is pretty much a culture shock.

Japan portal Biography portal. Dec 11, Jensownzoo rated it really liked it Shelves: If you’re readi I’d give this 2.

May 29, Sachi rated it it was ok. In the West, at least, ‘geisha’ has always been thought of as a euphemism for a high-priced whore, but as the book shows, the women earn far more as geishas than they could ever hope to do on their backs.

To refuse would be discourteous and, if I were a visitor 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.

Paperbackpages. It is a story I have long wanted to tell. It was really a very fascinating account of a significant part of Japanese culture that developed and preserved itself for such a long time. She is often self-important and sanctimonious.

GEISHA, A LIFE by Mineko Iwasaki , Rande Brown | Kirkus Reviews

She took her job very seriously and she lufe others to as well. Many say I was the best geisha of my generation; I was certainly th “No woman in the three-hundred year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Japan, Geiko or Maiko.


She dispels much of the rumors of geishas being little more than pleasure companions. Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized geishas in Geidha history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form. 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. At another point, she goes to get her face shaved which she has done geksha since she was a child.

Every time I picked this book up, I fell asleep.

Mineko Iwasaki was honest about her personal feelings and personal trials. In this book she will tell you about the hard work she invested to become a legend among the geishas. Want to Read saving…. Archived from the original on I would love to gesiha 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.

I would have been able to follow along easier if it was told from a iwasakki line perspective rather than event perspective so to speak.


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It is, of course, not without its flaws. But what really, really bugged me about this book is the author’s ridiculous arrogance. This woman wrote her book in a response to Memoirs of a Geisha because she felt that the book gave the wrong impression.


Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of Mineko Iwasaki, now fifty-two years old, is the mother of two daughters. I can imagine who hard it is to be a success Geisha like her. Iwasaki relies heavily on anecdotes; her memory is precise, her language evocative, her personality changeable and occasionally smug.

As the first geisha iwasxki truly lift the veil of secrecy about the women who do such work at least according to the publisherIwasaki writes of leaving home so young, undergoing rigorous training in dance and other arts and rising to stardom in her profession. This memoir begins when she is three years old.

Geisha: A Life – Mineko Iwasaki – Google Books

Mineko is nothing like Sayuri in any way. Part of Iwasaki’s displeasure with Memoirs may have been because the character Sayuri seems obviously modeled on Iwasaki, with many of the book’s main characters and events having parallels in Iwasaki’s life. For his book, Arthur Golden conducted a lot of interviews with a retired geisha, which formed the basis for the story. Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized geishas in Japan’s history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form.