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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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Mineko Iwasaki – Wikipedia

As she matured, she became one of the most popular geisha of the Gion area. There is a lot here about the Japanese culture and the pictures really help you place the descriptions. One sensational incident after another, with little insight to how in made her feel or how it affected her life. Known for her performances for celebrity and royalty during her geisha life, Iwasaki was an established heir or atotori to her geisha house okiya while she was just an apprentice.

I had hoped to make it four, but by the end of the book I was rolling my eyes here and there at her constant “poor me” line. With an even and objective voice, she tells of leaving home at the age of four to enter a geisha house. And yet, it was a life that I found too constrictive to continue.

I’m sure Mineko tells it the way she chooses to remember it, but how can such a young child make such a life-changing decision and really know what she is doing?

I can only imagine that either “everyone” in Japan imneko so much about what it means to become a geiko that she didn’t feel the need to go into much detail, or that Mine,o is a closed world, where those who don’t “belong” aren’t meant to know. The culture Iwasaki reveals is more than enough for me to give her a pass on the somewhat stilted writing – she isn’t an author by trade, after all.



Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: I think the geiko geisha life is very interesting and beautiful. Put straightforward, Mineko Iwasaki is a bad ass, and I would love to meet her one day if possible. She now lives in a Kyoto suburb, with her family. In fact, quite often the author made the distinction between traditional courtesan and Geisha.

Furthermore, Iwasaki has mentioned that she had lost some friends and relationships due to the scandal of her being known due to the book, along with certain inconsistencies and fallacies about Gion which were mentioned in Memoirs of a Geisha. They learn various traditional Japanese culture since they were very young.

Mineko Iwasaki was honest about her personal feelings and personal trials. It did not disappoint.

Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

After reading Arthur Golden’s well-written, Memoirs of a Geisha, and feeling some sympathy for geishha orphan girl forced into that life, reading this true story was a bit difficult, since the real geisha insists that it was her choice, at five years old, to leave her parents, that she could visit them at any time, and that she had the upper hand at her geisha house.

I spent most of this book being kind of disgusted at her holier than thou attitude. I could not handle such a career – the lack of good sleep for such a long period alone is enough to make me cringe sympathy.


This book geisa contains some photographs printed on special paper. Not finished yet but I will finish reading it later. This is also a miineko in its own right.

Goodreads helps you keep track pife books you want to read. Once her decision to leave is made, she is quick enough to bail out and start her own business esusing the contacts she made as a geiko to ensure her own material sucess.

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

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

It was time to read a non-fiction portrayal. For the next twenty-five years, she would live jineko life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards.

In her autobiography, Iwasaki geusha that the profession may be doomed if the industry fails to adapt to changing economic and social circumstance. 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. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail.

This is a sad fact to me. Mineko Iwasaki, now fifty-two years old, is the mother of two daughters. No fetishization, no male gaze, no bullshit.