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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Masuda-san did many jobs to try and look after her brother: Unable to go to school, unable to read, I aitobiography grown up as an abandoned dog does; and then, at the age of 12, I was sold. Sex is almost always implied, never overt. Amazingly she does this with almost a total lack of indulgent self pity.

I suggest skipping it and goin Pf a hard life just at the age of To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She and her brother joined a group of people foraging for food in the countryside to resell in the city, and there she met a Korean man who gave her another job selling soap. You are commenting using your WordPress. beisha

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After visiting her brother’s grave, she tried to freeze herself to death and had almost succeeded when an elderly man found and rescued her. Ihr Onkel holte sie im Alter von 12 Jahren von dem Gutshof weg, da erst erfuhr sie wie ihr Name lautete.


It provided a realistic look into the lives of geishas and geisua a good contrast to the glamourous portrayal of geishas in movies and books today.

Nov 06, M. Mar 01, Monica Akinyi Odhiambo rated it it was amazing. A true reflection of what Geishas went through.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: Throughout her autobiography, Masuda projects the idea uatobiography parents should be responsible for their children and should not bear children they are not prepared to support. Geishas are essentially indentured servants to the proprietors of the house until such time as they are able to pay off the fees incurred by their purchase, their training, their room and board, clothing, etc.

She and Karuta, who opened and ran a restaurant until three years before her death, remained friends. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

So this book uniquely preserves an unexamined strata of society in Japan. Be the first to discover new talent! The book is a wrenching and eye-opening account.


However, Elder Sister Karuta, the second oldest geisha in the okiya, worked with Masuda to help her through her training, starting a lifelong friendship between the two. Views Read Edit View history. This is complimented by a charming epilogue in which she gets to meet the elderly Sayo Masuda, who breaks her silence for the first time since initial publication — this is worth the cover price alone.


Refresh and try again. But she wants no contact with publishers, or people who know anything auutobiography her former life as a geisha. Rowley, Translatortrans. But life after being a geisha was harsh.


Preview — Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda. There she an As the title states, this is a true story of a Japanese geisha in the s and s. Mar 08, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: Agony, despair, and teeth-grinding misery are great words to describe Sayo Masuda’s autobiography.

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. And a point brought up through Masuda’s perspective as a prostitute regarding the criminalisation of prosititution is indeed a point to reflect upon as nobody goes into this business voluntarily, they only do it to survive.

Although a best-seller in Japan, it wasn’t translated into English untilwhen the mythology of the geisha entered western thought with Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha.

Autobiography of a Geisha

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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.

I read this book as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge 4. Even when she leaves the geisha house, the stigma of what she has been is still upon her.