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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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No trivia or quizzes yet. There were a few events that truly drew me into Mineko’s story, though my review is going to be mostly about about the comparison of this book to Memoirs of a Geisha. The book mmemoir her life as a geisha from childhood up until her retirement a few years ago, in her 40s.

I’m not saying that she shouldn’t be, but I felt I was being talked down to for a good portion of the story. Iwasaki displays the same sudden explosive temper as her father and his mother before him had, sometimes in legitimate defence of herself but sometimes far too violent for the situation or sheer tantrums such as the violent destruction of the fur coat of the wife of a man with whom she had an affair for many many years and she describes each one with the same utter conviction that she was justified.

One person found this helpful. My only complaint, is that she often talks about how she wanted things in the geisha world to change, that she complained to ” the head office” about things.

She made the decision to go to the Geisha house, not that her father sold her. Iwasaki Mineko is just a woman born and raised in Japan, who joined the geiko when she was minekoo small child in the ‘s, and spent decades working as a geiko in Gion; why would her account be more credible than Aruthur Golden’s?


Geisha of Gion : the memoir of Mineko Iwasaki

A vocalist and visual artist myself none can imagine why I had to stand alone, practicepracticepractice, no time for the mundane things in this life; but she told our story! Its not necessarily true.

She worked non-stop for years without time off, but then had several vacations she took every year. I enjoyed this look into the life of a geisha. She does it brilliantly, and with panache.

Written after the 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.

Description In this autobiography, Iwasaki lifts the veil on geisha life. She debuted as a minarai, or apprentice geisha, at an unusually young age and worked herself nearly to death for the next few years.

Book: Geisha of Gion | James Kennedy

The geisha are presented as artists in every sense of the word – in how they dress, how they portray themselves to others, their artistic and musical abilities. And the pictures that were included in the book were stunning. Otherwise, it could go either way. This is definitely not a re-read of Memoirs of a Geisha and stands on its own If you are interested in learning more about geisha, and gino known in Kyoto as geiko, I highly recommend giving this book a read.

I loved the book. Eventually, she started to burn out and made the decision thhe end her career rather early.

I highly recommend this memoir for anyone interested in personal stories, the lives of geisha or how Japanese society functioned in the s through s. Their child, Kosuke, was born in From then on, Iwasaki worked full-time training to be a geiko before making her debut at age fifteen.

Mineko’s story showed me that even back in the “good old days” there were still people thf did not take their jobs seriously. Thanks for telling us about the problem. oof


That is something you could never say about Mineko. I liked the fact she talks about her dance training, talks about the teachers egisha her commitment to being the best dancer. 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 it; so why did she continue there?

The book starts with her childhood, when she memoid three years old and the owner of an okiya first started trying to recruit her. 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.

Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

There is not a lot of information out there, and I will read whatever I can get my hands on. She also wrote with passion on her love of dance. Iwasaki’s relationships with the female mentors, minwko and foes in her life guide and shape her views on what it means to be giln geisha, what it ultimately meant to walk away from the world and what it meant to tell her story. To ask other readers questions about Geisha, a Lifeplease sign up.

It’s still an interesting glimpse into another view on the world of geishas — though I hesitate to say the ‘real’ world, as this is just one view of it, from a woman of considerable pride and self-assurance.