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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At 12, she was sold to a geisha house for about 30 yen, the price of a bag of rice. However, when elections for city council came near, at the urging of Motoyama’s wife, Masuda left him aitobiography improve his chances of being reelected.

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Although she agreed it was probably well-intentioned, she stated that she could not have possibly survived if she hadn’t prostituted herself. The writing is clean and the story is interesting, so as a memoir it’s a good read. By contrast, Iwasaki’s book read like an extended exercise in self-congratulation and her pursuit of fame and prestige is off-putting; in fact, I got the impression that Iwasaki was highly sheltered from the reality of geisha as sex workers outside of wealthy places like Kyoto, and at earlier times in history.


Her story is filled with hardship after hardship, and you can’t help but wonder at her strength to persevere an This heart-touching book follows the story of a struggling girl at the bottom of Japanese society. Afterwards they remained in touch for the rest of Masuda’s life.

Quotes from Autobiography of I enjoyed this book for it’s insight but it did make me gulp and feel thankful for what I have. People look down on her; there are no opportunities for her. The poverty after WWII is tangible.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Although a best-seller in Japan, it wasn’t translated into English untilwhen the mythology of the geisha entered western thought autobiographu Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha.

Autobiography Of A Geisha

Masuda’s matter-of-fact account of her youth as a girl whose parents sold her to be raised as a product for consumption is at once chilling, humbling, and oddly inspirational. This injury landed her in the hospital, where she learned her real name.

About Sayo Masuda Sayo Masuda died in It is the superbly told tale of a woman whom fortune never favored yet never defeated. Sayo Masuda’s memoir gives an unembellished, unromanticized view of what it was really like to live and work as a geisha. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! After being a caretaker for several years, Masuda opened a restaurant and ran it for several decades. So this book uniquely preserves an unexamined strata of society in Japan.


It’s much more compelling than a “woe was me” tearjerker.

Masuda’s real mother came to visit her but only stayed for four days, leaving Masuda alone in the hospital again. Join 1, other followers. Her life story struck me as quite unique but also, sadly, probably all too common at the time. However, in Masuda made a personal request for Rowley to visit her in Nagano, making Rowley one of the only people who she agreed to meet with. It’ll give you an incrediable case of middle-class guilt, but it’s good to have that experience occasionally to keep things in perspective.

There she an As the title states, this is a true story of a Japanese geisha in the s and s.

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It’s incrediably syao and frank portrayal of an old and often mis-understood custom. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Retrieved September 17,