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Geisha: A Life (Paperback)

Geisha: A Life By Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown (With) Cover Image
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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.

About the Author


MINEKO reached the peak of her career as a geisha in the 70s and 80s, performing for the likes of the Queen and Prince Charles. Now, decades later (and still stunningly beautiful), she is the mother of one daughter and lives with her husband in a suburb of Kyoto, Japan.

Praise For…


Kirkus Reviews [A] valuable look at a little-known world, and an intimate glimpse into Japanese culture.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780743444293
ISBN-10: 0743444299
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2003
Pages: 320
Language: English
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