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 definitely drives home the point that no girl chooses to be a geisha — it is thrust upon her, and how each girl learns to cope with that reality determines what her life will be. About Sayo Masuda Sayo Masuda died in You are commenting using your Facebook account. But she wants no contact with publishers, or people who know anything about her former life as a geisha. Description Sayo Masuda’s story is an extraordinary portrait of rural life in japan and an illuminating contrast to the fictionalised lives of glamorous geishas.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A GEISHA by Sayo Masuda , G.G. Rowley | Kirkus Reviews

Her story starts when she was six years old. Retrieved September 17, Discover what to geisga next. His penicillin shots were yen each, and Masuda soon realized that the only way to make enough money for them was to start prostituting.

Born inMasuda was sent to work for a wealthy landowner when she was five.

After going through and struggling to get out the sex trade geisha at a hot-springs resort Autobiography of a Geisha has none of the glamour usually shown in other books and movies about the life of a geisha. I really enjoyed this very quick read. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: On June 8,Masuda found out she had liver cancerand she died a few weeks later on June 26, Sounds like quite a compelling read…I understand what you are saying about the misperception of the geisha life as portrayed elsewhere, a romanticizing of a tragic life….


While Iwasaki did elaborate on the extensive training and entertainment work she did in the Kyoto teahouses and theater, Masuda chooses instead to focus on her inner life and autoboigraphy people around her. Refresh and try again.

Her description of life as a geisha is surprising, I really enjoyed this very quick read. And I had a gold watch. Nov 24, Molly rated it liked it Shelves: Its just sad how someone could sell you off,like that and you get to work for them for years before you even pay it off. You are commenting using your WordPress. Afterwards they remained in touch for the rest of Masuda’s life. Please provide an email address. Although I knew that the training is hard, that young girls are more often sold to geisha houses out of poverty than out of free will of the girl, I had no idea that there was a geisha world like the one described by Gisha.

Masuda relates her training years — then describes how she was sold to an elderly man when she was only sixteen. If you want to learn more about the life of geisha, this isn’t quite z book for you. I suggest skipping it and going back to it at the end. Masuda’s matter-of-fact account of her youth as a girl whose parents sold her to be autobkography as a product for consumption is at once chilling, humbling, and oddly inspirational.


She had little education and could barely read and write. She frankly accounts her kf poverty, physical abuse, and emotional hardship.

Much of this memoir doesn’t concentrate on the details of geisha life, which I was sad about. While Masuda enjoys, at times, the perks of being a geisha gifts, plenty to eat, some power over the men she entertainsshe hates that she remains powerless to grisha her circumstances. This site uses cookies. To me she seems to have amazing strength of character. You just wonder how people can be so terrible to children, then or now.

Preview — Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda. Cancel reply Mausda your comment here View all 3 comments. But life after being a geisha was harsh. When she arrived in Chiba, the house she autobiogrxphy Karuta were staying in was destroyed in a firebomb raid.

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Autobiography Of A Geisha

In keeping with tradition, she first worked as a servant while training in the arts of dance, song, shamisen, and drum. I will have to read this! Masuda Sayo was a geisha in a rural part of Japan. View Full Version of PW.