Geisha of Gion eBook The two sections of pictures were very helpful to identify certain elements of the dress, as well as get a feel for the flow of her life. She had been chosen as the house’s atotori , or heir. Oct 05, Cheryl rated it liked it Recommended to Cheryl by: On the topic of Memoirs of a Geisha. Instead, I’ll let her explain where Golden got the idea for that scene spoiler alert! This was all while I lived in Japan, and so I proceeded to try to get my hands on every geisha book I could.

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Feb 06, Arlie rated it really liked it Shelves: Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of I think that fiction is fiction and people tend to act way too seriously to it. She loves the dance and the culture, but in the end, the rules surrounding behaviour and choice for geisha are too limiting, not to mention the institution’s lack of forward thinking and willingness to change.

What is clear is that from a very young age the author knew how confined and rigid the world of a Kyoto geisha was in the s, when she joined og so why did she continue there?

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She also tells it with a humble sense of gratitude; acknowledging was she is but not boasting about it. She does it skilfully and tastefully, not expecting the reader to be a moron but realising the cultural difference. 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.


In this book she will tell moneko about the hard work she invested to become a legend among the geishas. Amy September 28, at 4: Burns Snippet view – I learned a lot of things that Memoirs got wrong, but also others I hadn’t known enough about to even think of.

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The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace. She takes up golf: This is a sad fact to me. This page was last edited on 19 Octoberat This was a pretty good book, but it was a little dry, probably due to the translation. Geisha of Gion, Mineko Iwasaki. We are de facto diplomats who have to be able to communicate with anyone.

Geisha of Gion

October 3, at 5: Ever since I read “Memoirs of a Geisha” I’ve wanted to read this one, as Arthur Golden mentions this book as being one of his inspirations. It did not disappoint. Mineko herself as a child is what we in the West would call a precocious little brat, but is more of a iwasakk of the class system.

geisha of gion mineko iwasaki

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. No fetishization, no mineeko gaze, no bullshit. A very enchanting story. The book cover has a photo of Mineko at 23 years old.


Many say I was the best geisha of minkeo generation; I was certainly the most successful. Iwasaki was one of several geisha author Arthur Golden interviewed while researching his novel Memoirs of a Geisha. You’re considering reading Memoirs of a Geisha, but didn’t realise this was the true story.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Either it was to save face in front of her doctor, or she actually did believe that she hasn’t farted in her whole life.

Mineko Iwasaki was the foremost geisha of her time, to the extent where she became a legend and was invited to entertain the highest kineko of world society.

geisha of gion mineko iwasaki

And so Mineko is gently, but firmly, prised away from her parents to embark on an extraordinary career, of which she will become the best.