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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Ihr Onkel holte sie im Alter von 12 Jahren von dem Gutshof weg, da erst erfuhr sie wie ihr Name lautete. Ans still do, I suppose, especially when times are really tough.

A year later, Cockeye bought out her contract as a geisha and she went to live with him and his mistress. Despite the fact that Motoyama had married and had a child, they began regularly ot each other. She also went to geisha school, learning shamisen a three-stringed instrument played with a plectrumdrum and dancing, the arts that distinguish geishas from the popular Western misconception that they are simply prostitutes.

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Check this out and also check out its author, who apparently has bibliographies of Japanese lit on her website somewhere and who focuses on literature by Japanese women – this year’s Japanese reading list is too light on women, and this might help.


Not just a good book, but an important one. Sayo Masuda had a really challenging life,which sometimes would move me to tears.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Her life was tough but not without joy; her biography is a testament to the human ability to endure. What makes Masuda’s telling of her own story so fascinating, though, is how normal it all was to her. It feels to me as though translator Rowley truly captured her authentic voice – the tale seems honest and sincere. When contacted by a publisher, she wrote a longer version to help supplement her meger in This one’s depressing.

Her feelings extend beyond the sex work industry to the very problem of poverty that led her parents to sell their daughter for enough money to feed themselves for a month.

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Of course, if you want to write a best seller, it is always important to not veer too close to reality. And what was really creepy was that you could never tell where he was looking. Forget the idyllic image of a geisha in popular culture for the ones described in this book. While Golden is autobography a story with romance, intrigue and suspense; Masuda is recounting her litany of let-downs.

As opposed to Memoirs which is based on a retelling of the life of a geisha, Autobiography geishz the life of Sayo Masuda in her own words, translated by G. A darker, gritter, more honest nonfiction cousin to Memoirs autobioggaphy a Geisha. Refresh and try again. Finally, this edition by Vintage features a wonderful introduction by the translator.


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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.

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However, Karuta, who had fought to save Masuda from alcoholism, herself became an alcoholic. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Surprisingly, her strength and liveliness come through — I say surprisingly, because it is translated, and since she didn’t have a lot of education, Masuda’s story comes across as nearly terse at times the note says it was given as an oral account.

Mar 08, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: Hard to imagine that, comparatively speaking, this wasn’t that long ago at all. Post was not sent – sqyo your email addresses! Some work the high-end world of Kyoto and Tokyo, and others work out of cheesy hot-spring resorts, their fare a stream of small-time businessmen, factory owners, and petty gangsters. She eventually recovered and returned to the okiya, where she debuted as an apprentice.