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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Lists with This Book. This is a fascinating and heart-rending tale” — Liza Dalby “Masuda’s account of being a geisha in rural Japan at a hot springs resort is at once intriguing and heartbreaking.


Reading about what she had to do to survive, how desperate she has been was not pleasant, but I am glad I did read t Despite it is a very sad book, I liked to read it.

Feb 13, Lyndsey Silveira added it. Afterwards they remained autobiographt touch for the rest of Masuda’s life.

Her picaresque adventures as a geisha, then mistress, factory worker, gang moll and caretaker for her young brother offer an impassioned plea for valuing children. Rowley was published in 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. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Her story is about what she had to do to survive being indentured as a nursemaid and then as a Geisha.

There were pregnancies, deaths from diseases and suicides.

Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

Masuda-san was sold by her parents to act as a nursemaid as a child- not much bigger than the children she was meant to giesha after and then again by an uncle to a geisha house.


She went to Chiba to find Karuta. 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. Notify me of new posts via email.

A true reflection of what Geishas went through. 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 ssyo her circumstances. Paperbackpages. Forget the idyllic image of a geisha in popular culture for the ones described in this book. Retrieved July 28, However, when elections for city council came near, at the urging of Motoyama’s wife, Masuda left him to improve his chances of being reelected.


But the simplicity also means there’s no room autobioyraphy deceit, and the plain truth of her words jump off the page with an easiness not found in more “serious” memoirists. Notify me of new posts via email.

Many years later Masuda decides to tell her story. View all 3 comments.

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Sayo Masuda sao a really challenging life,which sometimes would move me to tears. You are commenting using your Facebook account. To me she seems to have amazing strength of character.

When Masuda returned, she caught a masuds and was bedridden with a high fever. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Autobiography of a Geisha

In the book, we get to read about the different stages of her life and all the tragedies that marked each phase. Very recently I read Mineko Iwasaki’s Geisha: In the end she got to do what she loved the most,stay with kids,and just live. Although barely able to write, her years of training in the arts of entertaining made her an accomplished storyteller, and Autobiography of a Geisha is as remarkable for its wit and humor as for its unromanticized candor.


Ans still do, I suppose, especially when times are really tough. Rowley who is a friend on Goodreads does a wonderful job in tracking down the author many years after her book was published and updating mawuda life and adding some important information on her story.

When she was twelve she was sold to a geisha house.

Geisna I wouldn’t have forgiven my mother for what she did if I had a mother like the one in this maxuda, because Masada’s childhood was simply heartbreaking. During these years other children gave her the derisive nickname “Crane”, as in the winter she was never allowed to wear socks and would lift one leg up and warm her foot on the thigh mzsuda the other leg.

During her later teen years, into her early twenties, she was an onsen geisha at a hot-spring resort in Japan. The author never flinches from telling the bad along with the good, and the result is a story which truly shows the univ Not just a good book, but an important one.

Yet, this existence was often better than the alternative for many girls, who were frequently treated as little more than a product to be sold and forgotten.

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