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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Notify me of new comments via email. The main difference between Geisha of Gion and Memoirs of a Geisha is that the former portrays a much more positive light on geisha industry. Geisha really geisna the real artist! Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

Mineko Iwasaki

It’s not like anyone else could have ever told this specific one otherwise. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These are tallied and reported to the Kabukai. This book is drastically mimeko from memoirs geizha a Geisha and makes you wonder how both of these stories are about the same thing.

I enjoyed this book of Geiko life immensely. This is a good book, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic primary source into a fascinating and misunderstood world. Like Liked by 1 person. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Japan, Geiko or Maiko.

American author Arthur Golden interviewed her for background information when writing his book, Memoirs of a Geisha. She’s mijeko flown half fion around the world to be at some boring state dinner. Trivia About Geisha, a Life. Jul 16, Sara rated it it was amazing. 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.


I hope this story will help explain what it is heisha like and also serve as a record of this unique component of Japan’s cultural history,” writes Mineko Iwasaki. Lists with This Book. 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.

Other geisha certainly took time off, took vacations etc. And one that I ultimately had to leave.

Geisha: A Life – Mineko Iwasaki – Google Books

I can forgive this. Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of You’ll see how something that is normal for us can be viewed as un-normal or unwanted in this culture like, signing a fan is not a good thing to do, as the geisha needs it for her performance. She minekp have the reader believe that she worked and rehearsed nonstop for gioh ten years without a iwaszki day’s break–but again, no one was forcing her to work every night, she repeats several times that she was so competitive that she chose to do so.

Iwasaki unexpectedly retired at the height of her career, at the age of Iwasaki was a geisha she refers to herself as a geiko, a more specific term used in the area of Kyoto where she lived and trained starting in the ‘s, and was easily the most successful of her time – a feat which she accomplished by taking every single appointment available, not taking a single day off for five years, and sleeping three hours every night.

And then there is the chiding: Mineko Iwasaki was one of the geisha Arthur Golden interviewed for his novel Memoirs of a Geisha yes, that one turned into a movie, no, I’m not ashamed that I’ve seen it countless of times. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. I would love to have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never s Yeeah I have no idea how many kimono I actually owned during my career, but I imagine it was over three hundred.


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. Mineko Iwasaki unfortunately comes off as very unlikeable in this book.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The next morning a representative of the kenbanor financial affairs office, makes the rounds of the ochaya to collect all the slips from the night before.

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Japan portal Biography portal. This was another interesting piece of information to me, and I’ll be sad with her if this does happen. By using our website lf agree to our use of cookies. Yes, we get it. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition, and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling.

And being Geiko Geisha is not an easy thing.

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 woman wrote her book in a response to Memoirs of iwaeaki Geisha because she felt that the book gave the lwasaki impression. Like it kind of made me laugh. I love reading memoirs – I think they’re one of the best parts of reading: