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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There is not a lot of information out there, and I will read whatever I can get my hands on. This book iwaski contains some photographs printed on special paper. Was this normal in Japan at that time?

My only big complaint about this book is the writing itself. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. Oct 05, Cheryl rated it liked it Recommended to Cheryl by: Account Options Sign in.

Account Options Sign in. From then on, Iwasaki worked full-time training to be a geiko before making her debut at age fifteen.

Geisha: A Life – Mineko Iwasaki – Google Books

One sensational incident after another, with little insight to how in made her feel or how it affected her life. She seemed to do this out of a sense of economic responsibility to her parents–who, by the way, basically sold three of their daughters into Gion, though they hung onto all their male children. She certainly valued the traditions, even while trying to modernize and improve them ie: The whole virginity aspect was still very much geisya part of Geiko culture then.


Is this still iwawaki in Japan?

Return to Book Page. But it’s all wrong.

The kimono itself can weigh pound! But an enjoyable read if you have an interest in other cultures.

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. Also great introduction to Japanese culture. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling If a history, it lacked description, and the author inserted too much of her annoying self more on this later into the story.

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.

Archived from the original on Mineko does a good job of telling about the life of a geiko geisha from her personal perspecive. When the book came out, this geisha was so horrified at the way Golden had twisted her words to fit minrko Western worldview of the geisha that she wrote her mibeko memoir in response. Now I can say that I have read both books, and Memoirs of a Geisha beats the pants off of this very informative, but slightly dry attempt at the same.

Review of Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

I liked it but was not what I would call a great book. This memoir q when she is three years old. Mineko Iwasaki was honest about her personal feelings and personal trials.

Mineko says herself that geiko is a dying art for various reasons, economic not being the least of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. Iwasaki will be describing a dance class, and then in the next paragraph will have moved on to a completely different subject with no warning or explanation, and it was irritating. This is Iwasaki’s response to Memoirs of a Geisha which I both read and enjoyed.


This is a worthwhile read if only to lose some of the misconceptions of geisha culture as a whole – a culture that is about art and beauty. She acts like shes better than everyone around her and bosses people around from a young age.

I would love to have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never s Yeeah Mineko’s book was written to inform, and the two can coexist. Iwasaki was the most famous Japanese Geiko in Japan iwasa,i her sudden publicized retirement at the age of I really liked that book for much longer than I should have I remember hearing that they were making a movie version and being really invested in who they castand it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned some unpleasant truths about the creation of this book.

My only complaint would be the way she laud out the time line. Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: There is a lot here about the Japanese culture and the pictures really help you place the descriptions.

We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition, and by the sanctity iwasami our exclusive calling. View Full Version of PW.