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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Bisher hatten sie alle nur Affenkind gennant. Sayo Masuda had a really challenging life,which sometimes would move me to tears. 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.

It’s all so sad and yet there is so much beauty in Masuda’s character and her descriptions that rather than being left with a broken heart when you finish you are left marvelling at the power of one woman to never really let the bastards get her down. Notify me of new comments via email.

Dennoch unterscheiden sich die Geschichten, was der jungen Sayo angetan wurde lies mir das Herz bluten! It was a refreshingly straight forward read.

geeisha From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. During one such confrontation, Masuda intervened on Karuta’s behalf; for this, she was thrown down the stairs and her right leg was broken.

Indentured to geisha houses by families in desperate poverty, deprived of freedom and identity, these young women lived in a world of sex for sale, unadorned by the trappings of wealth and celebrity. For those who like to romanticize about Japan, this book may serve as a good corrective to see that their is often an ugly underside to any culture, even if aspects of it are lauded.


She did this for two and a half years, when in the summer of her brother contracted intestinal tuberculosis and was hospitalized. This sounds absolutely fantastic — and sad. What is also amazing is how open the system was, how men brazenly used the girls and then discarded them, how maasuda mamasans took advantage, how many turned a blind eye. Inaged sixteen, she made her debut maxuda a geisha. Iwasaki’s world was one of privileged luxury, consummate arts training, the glamour of Kyoto’s Gion Kobu district, and the wealth and prestige that came with autoiography a high-class geiko.

Autobiography Of A Geisha

At only pages, this is a quick but powerful read. She convinced her aunt to get her a job at the sawmill she worked at, but quickly decided to find a job that could pay better. Email required Address never made public.

Views Read Edit View history. While Golden is crafting a story with romance, intrigue and suspense; Masuda is recounting her litany of let-downs. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

But life after being a geisha was harsh. When she realized she needed to get money for the train fare, the only person she could get it from was Hii, who made her dance naked in return. Her uncle retrieved her from the landowners and sold her to an okiya geisha house called Takenoya in Suwa.

She attempts to kill herself several times — by drowning, through alcoholism, by neglecting her health — but in the end she finds a new purpose at the tender age of Although Auttobiography finished second in the writing competition, after writing Autobiography of a Geisha she was harshly criticized by her community and eventually had to move to another town. Although she agreed it was probably well-intentioned, she stated that she could not have possibly survived if she hadn’t prostituted herself.

Going t A true reflection of what Geishas went through. A small diamond ring sparkled on my finger. Retrieved September 17, The book is a wrenching and eye-opening account. You have to give her props for tenacity and never geiisha up no matter what that entailed. Book ratings by Goodreads. It’s a story of extreme poverty and oppression, but her resilience, spirit and humor shine through. This site uses cookies. No, life as a geiaha was not about that for Masuda-san.


All I can say is,I admire for her strength and her passion. I read this after reading Memoirs of a Geisha, and it’s non-fiction to Memoirs’ fiction, as well as portraying the life of a geisha in a hot springs resort as opposed to the very rich and priviliged life of a big city geisha, as the one in Memoirs.

Autobiography Of A Geisha. 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. Quotes from Autobiography of Her story starts when she was six years old.

Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda – Sam Still Reading

When her brother contracted tuberculosis, Masuda intended to return to prostitution to pay for his penicillin, but he threw himself from the hospital roof rather than let that happen. The book 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. Takemi’s death caused Karuta to drink very heavily, leading to confrontations with the head of the okiya.

Her death in the mids was a huge blow to Masuda. Unable to go to school, unable to read, I had grown up autobiograpyy an abandoned dog does; and then, at the age of 12, I was sold.

This sayl account, first published 45 years ago and still in print in Japan, does not paint a pretty picture. Despite the fact that Motoyama had married and had a child, they began regularly seeing each other.