Geisha of Gion has been sitting on my desk for a week or more, begging to be read. Yesterday, I finally read it. I found this book on Wikipedia while reading about Memoirs of a Geisha. Apparently, according to Wikipedia:.
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Madam Oima is mesmerised by the child's black hair and black eyes: she has found her successor. And so Mineko is gently, but firmly, prised away from her parents to embark on an extraordinary profession, of which she will become the best. But even if you are exquisitely beautiful and the darling of the okiya, the life of a geisha is one of gruelling demands. And Mineko must first contend with her bitterly jealous sister who is determined to sabotage her success. Captivating and poignant, Geisha of Gion tells of Mineko's ascendancy to fame and her ultimate decision to leave the profession she found so constricting.
After centuries of mystery Mineko is the only geisha to speak out. This is the true story she has long wanted to tell and the one that the West has long wanted to hear. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions Other books in this series. Geisha of Gion Mineko Iwasaki. Add to basket. Now fifty-two years old and still stunningly beautiful , she is the mother of one daughter and lives with her husband in a suburb of Kyoto, Japan. Rating details.
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Geisha, a Life
The geisha , or geiko, as they are called in the Kyoto prefecture of Japan are frequently misunderstood to be sex workers catering to rich men. Western media too has played its role in eroticising something of great cultural pride to the Japanese. For his book, he interviewed multiple Geisha but failed to produce a result true to their experiences. Distressed at the depiction of herself and her community, Mineko Iwasaki , one of the geisha Golden interviewed, collaborated with British writer Rande Brown to bring forward her own story to the public. Geisha of Gion UK print begins with the author recollecting the time right before she became a part of the Iwasaki Okiya geisha house. At the tender age of 4, Masako later Mineko makes the decision to go live at the okiya run by its proprietor Madam Oima.
Iwasaki was the most famous geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of 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. American author Arthur Golden interviewed her for background information when writing his book, Memoirs of a Geisha. Born as Masako Tanaka, she left home at the age of four to begin studying traditional Japanese dance at the Iwasaki okiya geisha house in the Gion district of Kyoto. She was legally adopted by the okiya's owner, Madame Oima, and began using their family name of Iwasaki. She had been chosen as the house's atotori , or heir. Iwasaki became a maiko apprentice geiko at age
Book Review: Geisha Of Gion By Mineko Iwasaki