Geisha, a Life

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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.

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Publisher Pocket Books
Mfg Part# 9780743444293
SKU 33811425
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0743444299
Release Date 9/1/2003
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1T
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Editors Note A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.
Editors Note 1 A Kyoto geisha describes her initiation into an okiya at the age of four, the intricate training that made up most of her education, her successful career, and the traditions surrounding the geisha culture. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Washington Square Press

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