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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An odd book, by an odd person.

Skies and Fairytales: Geisha of Gion – Mineko Iwasaki

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.

Has any come out yet? I just wish her tale was in the hands of an experienced biographer who could breathe some life into her story. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. See all 3 questions about Geisha, a Life….

When the book came out, this geisha was so horrified at the way Golden had twisted her words to fit his Geissha worldview of iwasami geisha that she wrote her own memoir in response. May 29, Sachi rated it it was ok.

Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

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. Oct 05, Cheryl rated it liked it Recommended to Cheryl by: Geisha really are the real artist! Even from the first few chapters I wasn’t sure if I believed that her account is really “true. Anyway, I picked up this book because I like Memoirs and felt almost obliged to have read the true account, lest I get too consumed by what may have been but wasn’t.


Jul 16, Sara rated it it was amazing. Mineko Iwasaki might come off to some people as being on a high horse or arrogant or anything like that, but in truth she is a proud woman who doesn’t hide the pride over her accomplishements.

She takes this to such a ridiculous level that, at one point, she insists that she doesn’t fart. Book ratings by Goodreads. This is also a memoir The autobiography of Mineko Iwasaki, the most famous geisha in Japan until her sudden retirement at the height of her career. New Releases Books and The City. You get to read about how Mineko meets Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and several other celebrities that we ‘know’. She claims to of had a premonition of a friend’s death.

But an enjoyable read if you have an interest in other cultures. I found this book on Wikipedia while reading about Memoirs of a Geisha. I enjoyed this book and read it in two large chunks and the photographs included really added to the images formed. Besides the fact that is has strings and is vaguely shaped like a viola, it’s nothing like a viola. You know, that book where a white American dude decided that he was the best candidate for writing a story about the secretive, all-female world of the Japanese geisha?

But it’s all wrong. She claims to have an acute memory but it’s a bit too much to swallow.

I’ve been meaning to read this particular memoir for several years; ever since I read ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, which fascinated and enthralled me. Like it kind of made me laugh.

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I enjoyed this book of Geiko life immensely. The biggest confusion present giin the use of mizuage– instead of being about income, in Memoirs it follows the form of mizuage which is used for the high-end prostitutes and courtesans, where they are ceremoniously deflowered by the highest bidder as explained by Mineko.

The book details her life as a geisha iwasxki childhood up until her retirement a few years ago, in her 40s. After Memoirs was published, Iwasaki received criticism and even death threats for violating the traditional geisha code of silence.

Mineko Iwasaki

Want to Read saving…. You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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.

She had been chosen as the house’s atotorior heir. She certainly valued the traditions, even while trying to modernize and improve them ie: They have to take so many lessons, performing those arts dancing, singing, playing traditional music instruments, etc w For people who don’t know about Japanese culture maybe geisha for them has ‘negative’ image.

She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends.