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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James Kennedy

Iwasaki was the most famous geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of The misconceptions about geiko are long lived and sad. Some elaboration would mineok been fantastic. I would have been able to follow along easier if it I think if you have read Memiors of a Geisha this is a must read.

Book ratings by Goodreads. No trivia or quizzes yet. After the Japanese edition of the novel was published, Arthur Golden was sued for breach of contract and iwaskai of character by Mineko Iwasakia retired geisha he had interviewed for background information while writing the novel.

They learn various traditional Japanese culture since they were very young.

Like Liked by 1 person. The entire time I read this, I thought fondly of Liza Dalby’s “Geisha”, written about the same period. Just enjoy reading them! That gikn something you could never say about Mineko. Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: I can forgive this.


Email required Address never made public. I think if you have read Memiors of a Geisha this is a must read. 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.

A Life USA in The book starts from the beginning and continues until it reaches the end, as they say.

Geisha of Gion : The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha

Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized geishas in Japan’s history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form.

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. There again, a new incoherence arises; first we are told she “left to get married”; then that she didn’t meet Mr Wonderful until after she had already retired.

Archived from the original on She claims to of had a premonition of a friend’s death.

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Remember that horrifying part in Memoirs of a Geisha where Sayuri’s virginity is sold off to the highest bidder in a ceremony called a mizuage?


View all 3 comments. Written by the real-life geisha that supposedly inspired the protagonist of the same name in Memoirs of a Geisha. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Open Preview See a Problem?

Posted by Tuuli Toivonen at Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Mar 13, Crystal Navarro rated it liked it Shelves: I recommend this book for anyone interested in Japan, Geiko or Maiko. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike.

Golden can interview a woman from another country and culture from his own about her own life, mess around with the details to make his story seem more spicy, lie to her about keeping her anonymous and then publish her name to give his own writing more credibility anyway, and people still assume that his word is more trustworthy than hers.

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Trivia About Geisha, a Life. I can imagine who hard it is to be a success Geisha like her. Rebecca Yes, Geisha a life is simply the title for the American release.