It annoys me how people believe everything they read, whether thats presumptions about realism in books or newspapers. Mineko Iwasaki might come off to some people as being on a high horse or arrogant or anything Mineko Iwasaki takes you on into her world with her autobiography. She loves the dance and the culture, but in the end, the rules surrounding behaviour and choice for geisha are too limiting, not to mention the institution’s lack of forward thinking and willingness to change. There’s also a lot of practical information, like this bit about how geikos’ wages are calculated: On my way to Italy I found it at the airport, and immediately bought it.

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Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions I enjoyed this book and read it in two large chunks and the photographs included really added to the images formed. It is possible that at five she decided she wanted to be a geisha, but I would think her parents had a greater role in such a choice than either she knew geiha wanted to disclose.

I purchased this book. They iwaaski the tallies down on slips of paper that they place in a box in the entryway of the ochaya.

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No one ever taught her any conception of money, for example, until she was in her twenties, so she worked constantly knowing she had to support the okiya but without any real conception of how much she was earning or how much money could buy certain things.


Not finished geisya but I will finish reading it later. They learn various traditional Japanese culture since they were very young. September 28, at 4: For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards.

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I have no idea how many kimono I actually owned during my career, but I imagine it was over three hundred. View all 15 comments. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Giob does it skilfully and tastefully, not expecting the reader to be a moron but realising the cultural difference. Mineko Iwasaki tells the story of her life as a geisha in Japan.

I knew little about the life of geisha and I was happy to be educated. And being Geiko Geisha is not an easy mineio. The kimono itself can weigh pound! Eventually, she started to burn out and made the decision to end her career rather early.

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This is also a memoir in its own right. But these are minor quibbles. The sort of culture she describes is so different from any I have ever known, I believe it’s all of our loss if we lose these sorts of intricacies.


One of my favourite books ever! She’s just flown half way around the world to be at some boring state dinner. The Best Books of Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

She is quite identifiable in Memoirs of a Geishaeven though it’s largely fiction. Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: Mineko does a good job of telling about the life of a geiko geisha from her personal perspecive.

Either it was to save face in front of her doctor, or she actually did believe that she hasn’t farted in her whole life. I thought you had already read this one for some reason! Mar 09, Ingrid Lola rated it did not like it Shelves: Even with four or geisah, I collapsed eventually.

I liked the insight to traditional Japanese culture, something I’ve been interested in since my youth. Japan portal Biography portal.