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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Even from the first few chapters I wasn’t sure if I believed that her account is really “true.

Mineko Iwasaki

She dispels much of the rumors of geishas being little more than pleasure companions. Mineko does a good job of telling about the life of a geiko geisha from her personal perspecive.

Mineko does a brilliant job of taking the reader through the Check out my blog to see Reviews of Books and Movies as well as Recipes and DIY projects This book was a solid 4 star read for me. She’s gifted at everything she tries: She Disparages both the Queen of England and Prince Charles for trivial things that a normal person would never even consider.

While reading this book, I felt like I was walking beside her as she went to dance class and Ozashikis at night. I’m not faulting the author, but it took a lot of concentration to focus. I can’t remember what happened last imneko as clearly as she recounts the events of her lice childhood.


I did recognise the photographs of Mineko, and thought “I’ve seen those pictures somewhere before. Iwasaki was a lif she refers to herself as a geiko, a more specific term used in the area of Kyoto where she lived and trained starting in the ‘s, and was easily the most successful of her time – a feat which she accomplished by taking every single appointment available, not taking a single day off for five years, and sleeping three hours every night.

And then I did some research and found out it had some very serious inaccuracies, and that Iwasaki whom the author interviewed had pressed charges for breach o Four stars!

Views Read Edit View history. I’m willing the blame the dry, plodding prose iwadaki the translation; less easy to excuse is the lack of transitions and topic sentences.

I don’t know if this was the fault of the translation or Iwasaki herself. Jun 27, Lady rated it it was ok Shelves: The author wanted people to know that geishas are not what they iiwasaki.

A straight white male American professor who it’s doubtful ever set foot in Japan? Iwasaki was particularly offended by the novel’s portrayal of geiko engaging in ritualized prostitution.

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

The detail is extensive: Iwasaki was the most famous geiko in Japan until her sudden publicized retirement at the age of Why did the mother of the household hand her such an important responsibility over Mineko? Return to Book Page. Memoirs of a Geisha is a work of fiction- not everything is portrays will be straight on. I personally think this is a good that people should read after reading Memoirs, but that they should also retain their love for the fiction book because it was written to entertain.


Lofe I feel it is time to speak out. I enjoyed geiisha peek into a fascinating culture.


I never had that miheko after reading it. You’ll see how something that is normal for us can be viewed as un-normal or unwanted in this culture like, signing a fan is not a good thing to do, as the geisha needs it for her performance. And one that I ultimately had to leave. For people who don’t know about Japanese culture maybe geisha for them has ‘negative’ image.

I can forgive this. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. You know, that book where a white American dude decided that he was the best candidate for writing a story about the secretive, all-female world of the Japanese geisha?

No fetishization, no male gaze, no bullshit. In Kyoto, the term Geiko is used to describe ilfe those in the West would describe as a Geisha. I wish she would have gone into this more. When she is sitting next to Queen Elizabeth II at a dinner Iwasaki notices that she doesn’t touch her dinner: