Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子, Iwasaki Mineko) also known as Mineko She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha. Iwasaki was particularly offended by the. From age five, Iwasaki trained to be a geisha (or, as it was called in her Kyoto district, a geiko), learning the intricacies of a world that is nearly gone. As the first . An exponent of the highly ritualized—and highly misunderstood—Japanese art form tells all. Or at least some.

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She’s everyone’s favorite except for the people who are just jealous of how wonderful she is. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. They have to take so many lessons, performing those arts dancing, singing, playing traditional music instruments, etc while wearing heavy kimono.

I know from experience, she had to be getting more than “one hour of sleep a night”. With an even and objective voice, she tells of leaving home at the age of four to enter a geisha house. She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha.

For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards.

Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki – Great Imaginations

Iwasaki felt betrayed by Golden’s use of information she considered confidential, as well as the iwasaku he twisted reality. Feb 06, Arlie rated it really liked it Shelves: She was such a precocious child and precocious adult and she can’t understand why she has no friends.

It was time to read a non-fiction portrayal. Also, I want to talk about the Mizuage tradition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I would love mimeko have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never says exactly how instead of about how amazing she was and that everybody lifs her and that these the way Arthur Golden portrayed geisha in Memoirs of a Geisha is WRONG.


For example, she tries to kill herself as a young girl, and the description plus the emotional turmoil she was feeling took up all of three sentences. Dec 11, Jensownzoo rated it really liked it Shelves: It was interesting to read these two books back to back – seeing what small incidences in Iwasaki’s life Golden chose to modify into major plot elements, and vice versa.

The whole story is pretty much a culture shock. She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of live entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends. There were a few events that truly drew me into Mineko’s story, though iwaskai review is going to be mostly about about the comparison of this book to Memoirs of a Geisha.

This throughline isn’t as solid as it could be–in particular, it wants for a stronger conclusion, perhaps an argument about what she believes the future of geisha should look like. I lfe have the space to recount all the ways that’s wrong – you’ll have to just read the book and let Iwasaki explain why Arthur Golden is an asshole.

There was no natural flow between her anecdotes. An odd book, by an odd person. Heather Mienko White male privilege at its finest: Men are barely allowed inside Also great introduction to Japanese culture. Eventually, she started to burn out and made the decision to end her career rather early.

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Is this still done in Japan? Their child, Kosuke, was born in You can purchase Geisha: The author does explain that this is why geiko are not prostitutes–they are so hugely well paid, they don’t need to sell their bodies, though some accept kept-woman status–or did in the days the big businessmen veisha afford it.

Other editions – View all Geisha: She debuted as a minarai, or apprentice geisha, at an unusually young age and worked herself iwaeaki to death for the next few years.

Geisha, a Life

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. She was loved by kings, princes, iwasxki heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. Iwasaki tried to make this part memoir and part history, and she ended up with poor excuses for either. I personally hold a respect for both.


She was fascinated by the dance, striving to reach perfection as the only way to make everything right. 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?

May 29, Sachi rated it it was ok. No one geisa believe it” Whenever she visits Gion: I enjoyed this book and read it in two large chunks and the photographs included really added to the images formed.

GEISHA, A LIFE by Mineko Iwasaki , Rande Brown | Kirkus Reviews

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. We learn that from toddlerhood until well into adolescence, the author voluntarily spent hours if not mkneko on end shut up in any cupboard within reach. The latter would explain why Toshio wouldn’t leave his wife for her, he probably couldn’t bear to spend the rest of his life with a woman who was perfect throughout the day, but would blow him across the futon at night with her trumpet bum.

The author is stuck mineok, spoiled and full of herself.

Mineko Iwasaki

While reading this book, I felt like Live was walking beside her as she went to dance class and Ozashikis at night. Mineko’s story is so fascinating, filled with tragedy, love and intrigue.

I can forgive this. 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?

As she matured, she became one of the most popular geisha of the Gion area. The detail is extensive: