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GEISHA, A LIFE

""No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling...But I feel it is time to speak out.""

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. For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards. She would learn the formal customs and language of the geisha, and study the ancient arts of Japanese dance and music. She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends. Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form.

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." She illustrates how it coexisted within post-World War II Japan at a time when the country was undergoing its radical transformation from a post-feudal society to a modern one.

"There is much mystery and misunderstanding about what it means to be a geisha. I hope this story will help explain what it is really like and also serve as a record of this unique component of Japan's cultural history," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "Geisha, a Life" is the first of its kind, as it delicately unfolds the fabric of a geisha's development. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743444323
Subtitle:
A Life
With:
Brown, Rande
Author:
Mineko Iwasaki
Author:
Rande Brown
Author:
Brown, Rande
Author:
Iwasaki, Mineko
Publisher:
Atria Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Geishas
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Iwasaki, Mineko
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
296
Publication Date:
20021001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 21.104 oz

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