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by Rande Brown,Mineko Iwasaki

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  • ISBN: 0743444299
  • Author: Rande Brown,Mineko Iwasaki
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Arts & Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (September 2003)
  • Pages: 297 pages
  • ePUB size: 1934 kb
  • FB2 size 1306 kb
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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture. Mineko brings to life the beauty and wonder of Gion Kobu, a place that "existed in a world apart, a special realm whose mission and identity depended on preserving the time-honored traditions of the past.

In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in. .The book, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was based around interviews with Mineko Iwasaki.

In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture. She was unhappy with the misuse of her words and wrote this, her autobiography. The book details her life as a geisha from childhood up until her retirement a few years ago, in her 40s.

Now in her 50s, Mineko Iwasaki was one of the most famed geishas of her generation (and the chief informant for Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha).

It did not disappoint. In fact, it turned out to be much more interesting than I had anticipated.

In "Geisha, a Life," Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision.

In "Geisha, a Life," Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture. "No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. But I feel it is time to speak ou. "

Author Mineko Iwasaki performs a traditional Japanese dance during the presentation of her new book Geisha, A Life at the Beverly Hills Library

Author Mineko Iwasaki performs a traditional Japanese dance during the presentation of her new book Geisha, A Life at the Beverly Hills Library. To be sure, fiction has a certain creative license, but Iwasaki believes that Memoirs of a Geisha doesn’t merely use her as inspiration; it is her-only darker, distorted, and fashioned into a tool of male fantasy. In response, she sued Golden for both breach of contract and defamation of character in 2001, and the case was settled out of court two years later

Born in 1949, Mineko Iwasaki was Japan's star geisha until she retired at the age of twenty-nine. Between the two I certainly preferred Mrs. Iwasaki's recount of her life and her tasks as a Maiko and as a Geiko of Gion

Born in 1949, Mineko Iwasaki was Japan's star geisha until she retired at the age of twenty-nine. She now lives in a Kyoto suburb, with her family. Iwasaki's recount of her life and her tasks as a Maiko and as a Geiko of Gion. Her story was absolutely captivating and the addition of pictures is absolutely amazing. I felt like I was transported in time, experiencing the same thing she had, living through her by this book. Her memoir is certainly one of a kind.

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story - until now. "Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave. Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment.

Geisha, a Life is her story - at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true People who bought this also bought.

Geisha, a Life is her story - at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true. Born in 1949, Mineko Iwasaki was Japan's star geisha until she retired at the age of twenty-nine. Country of Publication. People who bought this also bought. Current slide {CURRENT SLIDE} of {TOTAL SLIDES}- People who bought this also bought. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Paperback, softback).

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. Celebrated as the most successful geisha of her generation, Mineko Iwasaki was only five years old when she left her parents' home for the world of the geisha.

No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story—until now."Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning. Geisha, a Life is her story -- at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.
Comments: (7)
Delaath
This is a fascinating look at a unique culture, as well as an engaging autobiography. The world of the geisha is completely foreign to people in the West, yet Iwasaki presents it with such clarity that we come to think of it as simply an artist's way of life, rather than some bizarre social aberration. She is forthright about the rigidity of the system and the need to rid it of anachronistic practices and restrictions on the women who work within it. She also does a great service in demolishing the all-too-common assumption among non-Japanese that geisha are expensive prostitutes. They are "women of art," trained from youth in traditional Japanese music and dance with which they entertain guests. Think of a ballet dancer, but one whose performances are done mostly at private parties.
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I read this as a follow up to Memoirs of A Geisha, as she was interviewed by its author as part of the research. I found this to be much more enjoyable and a striking contrast to that book. Highly recommend it (although take her words with a grain of salt, as for anyone to contradict her claims, they'd have to break their tradition of silence like she did, and face the same negative feedback and responses.)
black coffe
Mineko's style of writing was a bit odd at first, yet soon found myself seeing, feeling, and sharing every experience she conveyed! I am in my mid 60 s and have had a love for all things Japanese since I was 3. I have read much about Japanese history, culture and beliefs over the years so perhaps it was easier for me to become so immersed in her story. I am truly grateful for her sharing this most extraordinary part of her life with world and wish her all the love and happiness her heart can hold. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
Ance
This book was a beautiful memoir. I am appreciative of Japanese culture and customs, and this book teaches you so much.I have so much respect for this woman and what she accomplished. I read it in 4hours I only wish more biography's could be as immersive as this one was for me.
Eta
A must read. I got my first copy of this book maybe 7 years and bought this as a replacement since I've read it so many times is fallen apart. Just disappointed that the photos included in the middle aren't in color like in my first copy
Bloodray
This book is written by a true Gion Kyoto Geisha, not a oiran courtesan or a hot springs geisha. She speaks about her training and sacrifices, her joys and sorrows as a Geisha. She is well versed in drawing the reader into her world much as she does in her banquets in the tea houses Very enjoyable.
Kelerius
I loved this book! I could not put it down. I learned so much about the geisha culture/lifestyle. It's an amazing story and easily one of my favorite books.
This is a memoir of Japan's foremost geisha. I loved this book and will read it again. It tells of how geisha girls are picked and groomed for their profession. They are not prostitutes; simply entertainers, and very skilled ones at that. Anybody who loves Oriental culture will love this book.
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