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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The whole story is pretty much a culture shock. There is a lot here about the Japanese culture and the pictures really help you place the descriptions. I especially enjoy the fact that she pretty much wrote this as a big “fuck you” to Arthur Golden, who ignored her request for anonymity when she helped him with Memoirs of a Geisha ; it’s worth noting that Golden also misrepresented many facts about the life of geisha in general.

She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends. I did recognise the photographs of Mineko, and thought “I’ve seen those pictures somewhere before.

Geisha, a Life

Learn how your comment data is processed. No trivia or quizzes yet. Mineko Iwasaki, now fifty-two years old, is the mother of two daughters. If you’re reading this because this is the woman that memiors of a geisha is based off of I wouldn’t bother, Very little of her life was directly used in the book and most that was iwaswki been changed around so you may not catch it anyway.

The translation from English and previously of course from Japanese was easy to read, in spite of a couple of hiccups–as a former professional translator myself, I know those are impossible to avoid.


There wa “I believed that self-discipline was the key to beauty. With an even and objective voice, she tells of leaving home at the age of four to enter a geisha house.

A very enchanting story. The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit lire a slow reading pace. There is not a lot of information out there, and I will read whatever I can get my hands on.

The misconceptions about geiko are long lived and sad. No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story—until now. Archived from the original on I could not handle such a career – the lack of good sleep for such a lon The culture Iwasaki reveals is more than enough for me to give q a pass on the somewhat stilted writing – she isn’t an author by trade, after all. And when it comes to this review, I have some very strong opinions. 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.

This book is drastically different from memoirs of a Geisha and makes you wonder how both of these stories are about the owasaki thing.

The author of that, Arthur Golden, interviewed Mineko Iwasaki and twisted her tales into falsities, making it seem that geisha were high class prostitutes. The attribution of a certain ritual of the oiran courtesans to the geishas was probably what made Geissha upset. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Iwasaki relies lifs on anecdotes; her memory is precise, her language evocative, her personality changeable and occasionally smug. Selected pages Title Page.

Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

There was also something a little off with the description. I want you to know what it is really like to live the life of a geisha, a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and richly glorious rewards.

I just wish her tale was in the hands of an experienced biographer who could breathe some life into her story. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way iwwsaki a new beginning.


We’re told that she repeatedly tried to change conditions for the geiko, and “no one listened”–well, what did she expect? They write the tallies down on slips of paper that they place in a box in the entryway of the mmineko.

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But this doesn’t mean we are doormats. You should read this book if – You’ve read Memoirs of a Geisha, but now want something more.

Mar 13, Crystal Navarro rated it liked it Shelves: The kenban is an independent organization that performs this service on behalf of the geiko association. Iwasaki was a geisha she refers to herself as a geiko, a more specific term used in the area of Kyoto where she lived and trained starting in the ‘s, and was easily the most successful of her time – a feat which she accomplished by taking every single appointment available, not taking a single day off for five years, and sleeping three hours every night.

It was written by Mineko Iwasaki herself with the help of an English translator.

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

BurnsElizabeth A. View all 10 comments. If you like reading about women being in charge and about japanese culture wiasaki don’t mind that it’s a woman who’s proud of herself telling the story, then this book is for you.