The normally imagined universe of the geisha is one of the romantic type ; largely populating comfortably with wealth and an abundant societal life outstanding of the others adult females non so lucky to get such attending for their beauty. However. Masuda takes the not-so-pleasant life style and allows a realistic and commonplace expression into the lives of the geisha.
The definition of a geisha as defined by Merriam- Webster a Nipponese miss or adult female who is trained to supply entertaining and lighthearted company particularly for a adult male or a group of work forces. Adorned by those work forces who have wealth and some even have famous person. nevertheless. the universe of the geisha is one of gross revenues. The geisha sells her freedom. individuality. love life. and sexual Acts of the Apostless all for a monetary value. Masuda takes these sold points and puts so into a funnel. he allows the reader to analyze the adversity and unhappiness of the geisha. so similar to apprenticed servitude. with beauty and endowment exploited.
Born in 1925 Masuda was raised by her uncle until she was approximately 5. The book begins as she tells of her memories of being a nurse amah orkomori. dejecting at most. At the age of six boulder clay 12. she was tormented drastically as Masuda was to look after affluent landholders kids. She recalls the most barbarous of whippings where she was fixed to a tree for eating a melon to be sold at market. She was besides frequently called “crane” referring to her ways of maintaining her pess warm in the ferociously cold winters with no socks. She told how she was “unable to travel to school. unable to read. I had grown up as an abandoned Canis familiaris does ; and so. at the age of 12. I was sold” .
The book creates a weaving route of events. a life clearly germinating quickly ; she is finally sold into a hot springs territory of Suwa geisha house at the age of 12 ; she reminisces that “The topographic point I was sold to was a geisha house in Upper Suwa called the Takenoya. At first I was childlike with amazement at its luster. like a castle in a dream. [ … ] But the asperities that began the undermentioned twenty-four hours taught me that this was non the soft life I thought it would be. that this was no oasis or safety. ” She is sent at that place by her uncle to assist her female parent wage for her husband’s medical intervention. This is the nucleus of the book where her life is clearly defined. She is tormented and additions so many conflict lesions by both her Mother and Elder Sisters.
Masuda for the four old ages to come was a amah of many trades. cleansing and making errands for her Sisters. Masuda Tells of her larning endowments such as the samisen. dance and other popular signifiers of art in geisha school. this is of import in specifying the difference in a geisha and a cocotte.
The singularity of this book examines the “average” geisha house. many of the frequenters were non of the affluent sort and sex was more of a factor than the most believed. She shortly became a geisha in her ain right by the age of 16 selling her virginity to four back-to-back work forces. One of them was a mobster who became her Danna or fiscal helper was called “Cockeye” who is three times her age. Masuda of class did non believe really much of him. being that he was an awkward and “creepy adult male. She falls in love with a soldier. something prohibited for the geisha life. but her profession could non let her to freely be with him put on the lining her losing “Cockeye” besides and she tries to perpetrate self-destruction. Back to the poorness she knew before she shortly was happening the occasional difficult occupation and doggedness she was able to in terminal find herself unembarrassed from the universe she was thrown into.
The lessons proved by this bookThe Autobiography of a Geisha isthe unbelievable ability of human the strength and resoluteness. Yet. it besides shows the inhuman treatment that exists in the universe. a universe that in some countries is still prevailing. However. with the fluidness and wondrous written and translated autobiography she is able to capture her feelings of so and reassign the after ideas all into the same page it seems. She is able to remember her suffering passed and value her present. I’m certain in a different visible radiation than in her class of geisha life was high hazard and gloomy. Overall. I appreciated the book for its candor in a clip of false feeling and psychotic belief of fact for popular entreaty.