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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When the book came out, this geisha was so horrified at the way Golden had twisted her words to fit his Western worldview of the geisha that she wrote her own memoir in response. View all 15 comments. gon

No one ever claims porters or ditch diggers as their forbearers, though they are by far more numerous than aristocrats and royalty. Tame and, Memmoir suspect, heavily sanitized.

Mineko wanted to set the record bion, and truly explain what her life entailed as a Geiko. Geisha of Gion Mineko Iwasaki. But this doesn’t mean we are doormats. It was certainly very different from reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and I think there was more fiction in that book now after reading this one.

Preview — Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki. If a history, it lacked description, and the author inserted too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story.

She presents so much information about sex and de-flowering virgins of various workers who aren’t Geisha, often with the same word for something else that Geisha do, that it really isn’t clear what is accurate and what isn’t. Mineko’s story showed me that even back in the “good old days” there were still people who did not take their jobs seriously. I personally think this is a good that people should read after reading Memoirs, but that they should also retain their love for the fiction book because it was written to entertain.


I particularly appreciated that she does not shy away from using the proper Japanese terms and then interpreting them for us, rather than simply using English substitutes as one often finds in books edited by Americans for Americans.

This was an intriguing insight into the life of Iwasaki, in contrast with the fictional account of her life presented geissha Golden’s Memoirs of Geisha. 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.

Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki

I was captivated by this story. The word geisha literally translates to “art person”, which is an accurate description of the kinds of skills a geisha needed to acquire. 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.

Also, I want to talk about the Mizuage tradition.

She was fascinated by the dance, striving to reach perfection as the only way to make everything right. Also great introduction to Japanese culture. This manifested in what was no doubt an extraordinary dedication to her arts but a failure to mature socially and emotionally.

Iwasaki later gave public interviews citing that many established geiko criticized her interview with Arthur Golden, causing a rupture with the geisha tradition of secrecy to the outside world. A young oiran also underwent a ritual called a “mizuage” but hers consisted of mindko ceremoniously deflowered by a patron who had paid handsomely for the privilege.

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Geisha, a Life

If you’re a fan of the flower and willow world, this is a must-read. I found it most enlightening to read her true nineko and compare it to Golden’s portrayal. We learn that from toddlerhood until well into adolescence, the author voluntarily spent hours if not days on end shut up in any cupboard within reach. There is a lot here about the Japanese culture and the pictures really help you place the descriptions. In fact she seems disturbingly proud when describing violence or raging committed iwasski her father in minekk of her after her brothers and sisters had teased her in some way or, in one shocking case, when a chicken has pecked at her and has its neck wrung in front of her when she is three years old.

She had been chosen as the house’s atotorior heir. Falling in love may have had something to do with her decision as well. Why did everyone in your adopted family just go with it? This was a pretty good book, but it was a little dry, probably due to the translation. A Life in the US and Geisha of Gion in the UK, detailed her experiences before, during and after her time as a geiko to the outside world.

Furthermore, Iwasaki has mentioned that she had lost some friends and relationships od to the scandal of her being known due to the book, along with certain inconsistencies and fallacies about Gion which were mfmoir in Memoirs of a Geisha.