Sayo Masuda. Translated by G. G. Rowley. The glamorous world of big-city geisha is familiar to many readers, but little has been written of the life of hardship . Masuda’s account of being a geisha in rural Japan at a hot springs resort is at once intriguing and heartbreaking. There is nothing idyllic in her description of. (Image from Goodreads) As the title states, this is a true story of a Japanese geisha in the s and s. Beware though: it’s not the.

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Finally, this edition by Vintage features a wonderful introduction by the translator. You empathise with her, and your heart sings sadly to the tune of her sorry tale. View Full Version of PW.

But she wants no contact with publishers, or people who know anything about her former life as a geisha. So this book uniquely preserves an unexamined strata of society in Japan.

After going through and struggling to get out the sex trade geisya at a hot-springs resort Autobiography of a Geisha has none of the glamour usually shown in other books and movies about the life of a geisha. Feb 13, Lyndsey Silveira added it. This is not the soft, lyrical story of Arthur Golden, but the real thing, expressed by someone who was there.

The way that Masuda relates the story of her life is very simple, and matter of fact. This site uses cookies. When the soap business mashda Masuda was born innear the town of Shiojiri in Nagano Gdisha. Has your feeling for this improved with age?

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Masuda never went to school but related her story to expose the geisha industry from the fairytale status that the western sajo seems to hold it. When contacted by a publisher, she wrote a longer version to help supplement her meger in This one’s depressing. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?


Masuda’s story begins with crushing poverty and borderline starvation, resulting autobiogtaphy her sale by her own family into a crowded, low-class okiya in the town of Suwa, where the geisha practice is only thinly separated from sex work by a transparent veneer of training in shamisen and dance.

Rowley Goodreads Author Translator. Still, some individuals, such as Masuda, despite the humiliations and indignities, and occasional thoughts of suicide, were resilient and resourceful despite handicaps of culture and education and never lost their humanity, and fought to stay alive and even help those around them.


I really enjoyed this book. She went to Chiba to find Karuta. I also read Mineko Iwasaki’s autobiography Geisha of Gion which gave a more realistic msuda of the secluded life of the geisha.

Rowley, Translatortrans. It’s a brutal true story told by its author in the most startling manner possible: Autobiograohy from the Japanese by G. Throughout her autobiography, Masuda projects the idea that parents should be responsible for their children and should not bear children they are not prepared to support.


After her first time, she was sold four more times under the pretense of having never undergone it, as this made a huge profit for the okiya as many men wanted to be the partner for a geisha’s mizuage.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I enjoyed this book for it’s insight but it did make me gulp and feel thankful for what I have. I read this book as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge 4.

Masuda definitely drives home the point that no girl chooses to be a geisha — it is thrust upon her, and how each girl learns to cope with that reality determines what her life will be. May 13, Amy rated it liked it. It isn’t, but pushing on after repeated blows that would crush most people is.

This is a fascinating memoir and a glimpse into a whole other life and culture. In Autobiography of a Geisha, Masuda chronicles a harsh world in which young women faced the realities of sex for sale and gesiha deprived of their freedom and identity.


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She moved to Toyoshinawhere Karuta had opened a restaurant, but her longing for Motoyama caused her to start uncontrollably drinking. What is also amazing is how open the system was, how men brazenly used the girls and then discarded them, how many mamasans took advantage, how many turned a blind eye.

This injury landed her in the hospital, where she learned her real name. The autobiographyy is a wr Masuda presents an account of her life, starting with her early indenture to a geisha house, and she details some of the more unsavory aspects of the job.

After having maasuda the fictional ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ and Mineko Iwasaki’s autobiography ‘Geisha of Gion’, I was hoping to see more into the life of a lower-ranked geisha, because the other books fictional or not were about geisha that were more lucky. She initially spent most of her time looking after the owners’ young children but, after being caught taking extra melons from the field to feed herself, she was forced to do manual labor.

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Autobiovraphy to Read Currently Reading Read. Sayo Masu The glamorous world of big-city geisha is familiar to many readers, but little has been written of the life of hardship and pain led by the hot-springs-resort geisha. Very recently I read Mineko Iwasaki’s Geisha: She refused to meet with most people interested in discussing her book.