3 Japanese Memoir Books About Geisha

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Geisha is a Japanese word representing art, and Geisha is an artist, though she is an artist who represents various forms of art like mostly it is in music and dance. But she is an entertainer, and she entertains the people around her. To become a Geisha takes a lot of training. If you want to read more about Geisha, stay with me!

3 Books About Geisha (Memoirs)

Geishas have a story of a girl called Chiyo, and she decided to tell her stories before she passed away. She decided to share her memories, stories, and whole life when she was a geisha and how she was brought up in this world. So these struggles will also encourage you.

You used few words to help her through these hard times, or that sometimes we get through the adversity only by imagining what the world would be like if our dreams. To learn more about her life, I will review 3 books about Geisha. Let’s go!

1. Memoirs of a Geisha

This is a flashback story of a woman who works as a geisha in Japan. She gets her struggles from her childhood. From five years old till her age, she attained what she had learned throughout her life. The book has a heavy twisted romantic subplot. It is the story of an impoverished girl whose mother dies, and her elderly father sells her and her sister into prostitution.

The sister is pretty plain, and she gets the short end of the stick when she gets kicked over to the common whorehouse. These are the girls from the Tanaka sisters. The protagonist, Chiyo, has a very striking and unique eye color. It gets her in the door to become a geisha.

Chiyo gets the opportunity to spend many years studying to become a geisha. The book, through her eyes, explores the Japanese culture that surrounds the Geisha. It also describes its ramifications and how that is supported within society. They’re treated because they are highly respected as Geisha within their society. At the same time, their individuality and individual personhood are not respected. We do not become Geisha to pursue our destinies.

The Geisha is somewhat expected to be interchangeable, although there is a hierarchy of Geisha as it were, and they figure that out on their own. It’s an exciting way that this whole little subculture figures itself out and figures out its own rules. This book has a lot of controversies because it was written by an American who had done a lot of research into Japanese culture. The main point for that he overemphasized some things or under-emphasized other things. It is one of the best books about Geisha I have ever read.

Memoirs of a Geisha

Author: Arthur Golden
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Biographical Literary Fiction, Japanese Historical Fiction
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

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2. Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan’s Foremost Geisha

This is a true story of a Geisha who was chosen. She was three years old to become the heir as the proprietors of a formal geisha house. It’s about her experience of growing up in that environment and the Geisha house. It dispels a lot of the myths of the Geisha. The dresses for the Geisha are always men.

They will make sure that everything is perfect attention to detail regarding their clothing, with regards to makeup, hairstyle, ability to make conversation with almost anyone, to their whole hospitality. The book does a good job and shows high the rigorous training for Michael as a young geisha.

There are a couple of comments in the book because it deals with her early life. But it was Monica’s childhood and from three years old onwards and growing up, and that was fine. She was recounting conversations in great detail that she was supposed to have had when she was three years old.

She certainly seemed to put it across in the book that she remembered it. It was certainly incredible the amount of detail she remembered from such an early age. There were some very good parts of the book about the whole lifestyle of Japanese culture that ended up being brilliant.

Geisha of Gion

Author: Mineko Iwasaki
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Asian & Asian Americans Biographies, Memoirs
Available: Paperback | Hardcover

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3. Geisha, a Life

This is a historical novel and the first-person perspective about a fictional Geisha living in Kyoto, Japan, before, during, and after World War Two. Her name is Chiyo, who will later be known as Sayuri from Austria when she’s around nine years old, living with her family in a poor little house by the sea in this fishing village. She is an unusual girl because, unlike everyone else, she knows she has blue-gray eyes. So because of that and other reasons, she is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto, and when she gets there, she has difficulty adjusting to her new life.

One of her troubles is a famous geisha who lives in the same house called Hard to Momo. She delights in nurturing cheer because she recognizes her future rival. One day she is sad, and she meets this man in the street who was nice to her, and these firms have a strong infatuation for these men that she will develop through the years. Also, she promises herself that she will become a successful geisha, nurturing his heart one day.

Over the years, she will work as hard as possible to get the man she wants, but many obstacles will stand in her way. Among them, Geisha is supposed to love, and there are also a lot of men who want Chiyo, now called Sayuri animals. All of this World War breaks out, so now everyone’s lives are in danger. Towards the end of the novel, we get a glimpse of what it was like to have American soldiers occupying Japan after the war. The book has a simple vocabulary but a very poetic style.

Geisha, a Life

Author: Mineko Iwasaki
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Biographies of Celebrities & Entertainment Professionals
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Kindle

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