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Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

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Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki is a 297-page hardcover published by Atria Books, stated first Atria Books hardcover printing of October, 2002.  The condition of both the dust jacket and book are very good.

Book Summary

Celebrated as the most successful Geisha of her generation, Mineko Iwasaki was only five years old when she left her parents' home for the world of the geisha.  For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards.  She would learn the formal customs and language of the geisha, and study the ancient arts of Japanese dance and music.  She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends.  Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized Geisha's in Japan's history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form.

In Geisha, A Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture. 

ISBN:  0-7434-4432-9

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