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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That is something you could never say about Mineko. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world. A Life Mineko Iwasaki Limited preview – The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, aa most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace. Geisha, a Life is the first of its kind, as it isasaki unfolds the fabric of a geisha’s development.

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Heather McAlister White male privilege at its finest: It was way too stilted to feel like a real, genuine account to me. May 29, Sachi rated it it was ok. If a history, it lacked description, and the author live too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story.


So I checked this book out from the library and I now see where her concerns lie. Every time I picked this book up, I fell asleep.

Lists with This Book. Rebecca Yes, Geisha a life is simply the title for the American release. Fiction is meant to entertain– and that was a choice the iwasxki made, still based somewhat fact, as it is a true use of mizuage, even if it is not that of Geisha.

Selected pages Title Page. How certain can we be that what Mineko wrote in the novel about herself is true?

I hope this story will help explain what it is really like and also serve as a record of this unique component of Japan’s cultural history,” writes Mineko Iwasaki. The overtone that she is trying to prove something that Arthur Golden was “wrong” [even though he was writing fiction, which I feel she should understand, since she knows everything about art and all?

There’s also a lot of practical information, like this bit about how geikos’ wages are calculated: If a memoir, the author didn’t talk enough about her emotions.

Even if it is, her tone and presentation made it feel like it wasn’t. Besides the fact that is has strings and is vaguely shaped like a viola, it’s nothing like a viola.

Geisha, a Life

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.

The Best Books of And being Geiko Geisha is not an easy thing. Feb 13, Juushika rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 19, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: Iwasaki became a maiko apprentice geiko at age The biggest confusion present is 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 couldn’t decide if it was a memoir or a history of geisha in post-war Kyoto. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

View all my reviews You can purchase Geisha: It doesn’t represent life as a geisha, it represents life seeking fame. After Memoirs was published, Iwasaki received criticism and even death threats for violating the traditional geisha code of silence. The text states that a Shamisen is played like a Viola Mineko’s story showed me that even back in the “good old days” there were still people who did not take their jobs seriously.

She has said that Memoirs of a Geisha made the Geisha appear to be a high-classed prostitute. I think if you have read Memiors of a Geisha this is a must read. It’s kind of upsetting to me to see so many people say they changed their view of the fiction novel because of this book.