I highly recommend her engaging and enlightening examination of this little-known world’ – Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha‘A fascinating book. Packed with riveting detail’ - the times ‘Downer skilfully builds up a picture of the lives of geisha set against the Japanese attitudes towards sex and marriage.
Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World English Edition - . The detail is fascinating. An enthralling account’ – Literary Review‘A comprehensive and revealing personal and historical account. Full of swashbuckling, romantic stories’ – Sunday Express‘Fascinating and fluent.
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Geisha: A Life English EditionAtria Books - She would enchant kings and princes, and titans of the entertainment world, captains of industry, some of whom would become her dearest friends. 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. Geisha, a life "no woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. She would learn the formal customs and language of the geisha, and study the ancient arts of Japanese dance and music.
Geisha: A Life English Edition - Geisha, a life is the first of its kind, as it delicately unfolds the fabric of a geisha's development. In geisha, to her years as a renowned geisha, a life, from her warm early childhood, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, and finally, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya household, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture.
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. 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.
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.
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