Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子, Iwasaki Mineko) also known as Mineko due to the book, along with certain inconsistencies and fallacies about Gion which were mentioned in Memoirs of a Geisha. Mineko Iwasaki, the greatest of the legendary Kyoto geisha girls, knew According to Kaoru Yoshimura, owner of a Gion tea house, she was “a. Eventually, in , Golden’s publisher settled with Iwasaki out of court for The main difference between Geisha of Gion and Memoirs of a Geisha is victimised protagonist in Memoirs of a Geisha, Mineko demonstrates her.

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Geisha of Gion : the memoir of Mineko Iwasaki / with Rande Brown – Details – Trove

That is something you could never say about Mineko. By age 16, she had earned a reputation as Japan’s most popular maiko and finally became a geiko on her 21st birthday. She had no friends, and the other Geisha of her age hated her, and played nasty tricks on her but she would always say she did this and that with her friends never identified.

This was a pretty good book, but it was a little dry, probably due to the translation. There again, a new incoherence arises; first we are told she “left to get married”; then that she didn’t meet Mr Wonderful until after she had already retired.

Geisha of Gion : Mineko Iwasaki :

The main character in Golden’s book was loosely based on her in many ways, but after the book’s publication Iwasaki sued Golden for revealing her identity as his informant on the life of geiko, and for misrepresenting many duties of a geisha. She seems somehow distant; I had the feeling there were things she was hiding. The Memoirs of a Geisha author was clearly in the wrong here. Oct 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: The stories are no comparison, though. I also love the fact that she included pictures.


Physical description ix, p.

I came to really like Iwasaki – she seemed honest about the blessings and shortcomings of life in Gion Kobu. The whole story is pretty much a culture shock. Memories of Silk and Straw: The writing style is relatively plain and straightforward, what I would expect of an autobiography, as opposed to a work of fiction. Kuniko did not have the potential read beauty as a geisha iwazaki so was essentially a maid but she had intelligence and so became an integral part of the behind the scenes iwassaki the okiya and, it seems, a much more grounded personality than her sister and would have quite the tale to tell.

In Kyoto, the term Geiko is used to describe what those in the West would describe as a Geisha. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition, and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling. She spends the entire book slamming the entire geisha system and is terribly offended that everyone doesn’t change and do her things her gdisha instead. Looking for beautiful books?

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I wish she would have written more about what she saw as problems. She’s just flown half way around the world to be at some boring state dinner.

Why did everyone in your adopted family just go with it? She Disparages both the Queen of England and Prince Charles for trivial things that a normal person would never even consider.

Some of the fine points of the social standings and rituals oc a little confusing, however. And then there is the chiding: I found it heartbreaking to read as this woman now in her thirties and a mother herself insisted that at the age of five she and she alone made the decision to go to the okiya to become a geisha like her sisters.


The biggest confusion present is the use of mizuage– This book, like most non-fiction, had a bit of a slow reading pace.

Email required Address never made public. I would recommend reading this if you are interested in Japan or Geisha culture.

I would love to have read more about how Mineko challenged the system like she claims she did, but never says exactly how instead of about how amazing she was and that everybody loved her and that these the way Arthur Golden portrayed geisha in Memoirs of a Geisha is WRONG. The good women of China: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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?

Geisha of Gion : the memoir of Mineko Iwasaki

Favored from the beginning, she was groomed to be the heir of her Geisha house. She’s gifted at everything she tries: After Memoirs was published, Iwasaki received criticism and even death threats for violating the traditional geisha code minejo silence. Part of Iwasaki’s displeasure with Memoirs may have been because the character Sayuri seems obviously modeled on Iwasaki, with many of the book’s main characters and events having parallels in Iwasaki’s life.