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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At some points she jumped forward in time then jumped back in time and it was hard for me to keep track of her yion and what other things were happening at the same time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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It did not disappoint. This woman wrote her book in a response to Memoirs of a Geisha because she felt that the book gave the wrong impression.

The whole story is pretty much a culture shock. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It became a worldwide bestseller. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The consultant came to examine me and asked if I had passed gas. On the topic of Memoirs of a Geisha.

The kimono itself can weigh pound! Everything is described in great but often slightly clinical detail, and it’s worth it purely for the time Iwasaki spends describing every part of a geiko’s outfit, from shoes to mieko ornaments, and the kimonos she describes are so gorgeous it’ll make your mouth water.

Geisha, a Life

We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 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.

Perhaps it is wrong to interview someone and then use all of their details exactly and use their name and such… but any representation in a book of a person is just that, a representation.

Selected pages Title Page. But what really, really bugged me about this book is the author’s ridiculous arrogance. It is wonderful to spend time with them. She also wrote with passion on her love of dance. I would have been able to follow along easier iwasaii it I think if you have read Memiors of a Geisha this is a must read.

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By age 16, she had earned a reputation as Japan’s most popular maiko and finally became a geiko on her 21st birthday. Yion say I was the best geisha of my generation; I was certainly the most successful. It was really a very fascinating account of a significant part of Japanese culture that developed and preserved itself for such a long time. Her hard work throughout her life inspired my respect for her and geishq Geisha tradition even more than ever before.

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At another point, she goes to get her face shaved which she has done regularly since she was a child. This is written partially in response to Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha although it never says so directly ; as such, it’s made accessible to a foreign audience and does much to explain the controversy surrounding Memoirsparticularly the liberties that book takes with Iwasaki’s life story, as well as the way it elides geisha and prostitution.

It was time to read a non-fiction portrayal. Especially considering the real-life death threats involved, I expected Geisha of Gion to be a feisty, chapter-by-chapter rebuttal to Memoirs of a Geisha rather like Three Cups of Tea and its rebuttal, Three Cups of Deceit. Mineko does a brilliant job of taking the reader through the Check out my blog to see Reviews of Books and Movies as well as Recipes and DIY projects This book was a solid 4 star read for me. Email required Address never made public.

And no, I’m not terribly interested in that aspect. In this book you’ll learn about some japanese costums, what the world of the geisha or geiko, as in this book is like and how it is organized. Want to Read saving….

We’re told that she gfisha tried to change conditions for the geiko, and “no one listened”–well, what did she expect? No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story—until now.

We also learn that well after the age of 5 she “needs” to suckle someone to be able to fall asleep–and is allowed to do so by her onesan or the maid, for quite some time, though neither of them have any of your actual breastmilk the onesan being by this time past middle-age.


I did recognise the photographs of Mineko, iwasakl thought “I’ve seen those pictures somewhere before. And then there is the chiding: Like it kind of made me laugh. Iwasaki’s fame also made her the subject of jealousy and gossip, and she was sometimes faced with sexual harassment and assault. In this book she will tell you about the hard work she invested to become a legend among gesiha geishas. Why did the mother of the household hand her such an important responsibility over Mineko?

This was a pretty good book, but it was a little dry, probably due to the translation. As she matured, she became one iqasaki the most popular geisha of the Gion area.

This book was entertaining all the way through and I would gladly read it once more just for fun. Written after the famous Memoirs of a Geishathere is much speculation even an alleged lawsuit about miineko nonfiction being written as a rebuttal to the novel.

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 these sorts of intricacies. She also received the name Mineko, as prescribed by a Japanese fortune-teller. Gfisha get iwasak read about how Mineko meets Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and several other celebrities that we ‘know’. Mineko does a brilliant job of taking the reader through the grueling daily schedule she had from a young age as well as giving a lot of historical background to her life and the life of a Geiko female artist.

Why did everyone in your adopted family just go with it?

Geisha of Gion : Mineko Iwasaki :

According to Iwasaki, she agreed to speak with Golden on the condition that her involvement would be kept confidential, but Golden revealed her identity by mentioning her name in the book’s acknowledgments [3] as well as several national interviews. She’s everyone’s favorite except for the people who are just jealous of how wonderful she is.

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