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Memoirs of a Geisha

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gillian tanabe

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Journey through a geisha's life: Secrets of the geisha world Memoirs of a Geisha Childhood Adult Life You are born Chiyo Sakamoto, a young girl from a poor fishing village in Japan. You live with your father, sister and dying mother in a small, lofty house overlooking the water. At the age of 9 your mother dies and your father can no longer take care of you.

You and your sister are sold off to a man who takes you to an okiya (a geisha house) and you are separated from your sister. Childhood To symbolize an apprentice geisha's coming of age, her mizuage, or virginity, is bid on and sold to a wealthy man. Teenage Years The novel brings up the idea that things aren't always what they appear to be. Geisha Years World war two brings turmoil to Japan and forces you to work dying material on a farm for survival. Memoirs of a Geisha Presentation by Gillian Tanabe life and culture of the japanese geisha community
follows a young girl as she trains to become a geisha Okiya The house where a geisha will live
It is owned by a women who provides for the geisha of the okiya and lends them kimonos to wear
In turn the woman will receive the geisha's salary Social Issue #1 Many children in Japan in the 1930s were sold to geisha houses because their families were impoverished Mirrors our modern world
Poverty is a large issue in many countries in the world
Poverty can be seen even in our own communities This needs to change! The book shows us a glimpse into the life of someone who is living in unfortunate circumstances.
It shows us that we need to change our society and help those who are less fortunate.
Sometimes all it takes is being active in the community and realizing what is happening in our world. You live at the okiya and train at school to become a geisha.
After a failed attempt at running away, the owner of the okiya discontinues your training.
A kind geisha named Mameha, believes you can be successful and takes you on as her little sister.
You now continue your training and become an apprentice geisha. Your mizuage is bid on by wealthy men and is eventually sold to a doctor for a large sum. The price paid for your mizuage is one of the highest on record at the time. Once the ceremony preformed for the taking of your mizuage is completed you will become a full geisha. Social Issue #2 When an apprentice geisha's mizuage is sold, the man pays to have the girl for one night to deflower her. This brings up the issue of women as commodities. By paying for the mizuage, it suggests that the woman's body is something you can own. Women's rights
The treatment of women
Should people be allowed to be sold? Something we can change in the world! Geisha Years Mameha teaches you many things and helps you establish yourself in the geisha community.
She also chooses your new name to be Sayuri; one of the duties of an older sister.
Mameha also helps you through all of the many steps in becoming a geisha. You rise to become one of the most popular and successful geisha in Gion.

You have many faithful clients, such as a wealthy business man named Nobu. Nobu served in the army and was badly burned leaving scars across the one side of his face. Many people think he's ugly and rude, however he takes a liking to you and helps you many times throughout your life.


You also out compete Hatsumomo, who lives in the same okiya as you. She is a mean person who tried to delay your progress many times and has hated you since the day you came to the okiya. conclusion Hatsumomo
Beautiful and successful on the outside
Cruel, lonely and ugly on the inside Nobu
Ugly, scarred and antisocial on the outside
Kind, loving and beautiful on the inside The novel mirrors our society and shows us that you can't judge anyone based on their appearance. In the examples of Nobu and Hatsumomo, their appearance did not reflect their true self. Life lessons:
Things aren't always as they appear to be
Don't judge anyone based on their appearance The war puts Japan in a terrible economic state, however you eventually return to the geisha lifestyle in Gion. You continue to serve as a geisha until you retire and you remain one of the most successful geisha in history. What is a Geisha? Geisha: a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men. ("Geisha." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.) Not a prostitute!
Classy, well dressed in fancy kimonos, part of japanese culture
Paid for their service as companions to men
Provide men with an escape from home lives, business life and sometimes the world in general
Were common in the early to mid 1900s (time period of the book) History Originally men
Can be traced back as far as the 17th century
Eventually became all women
Main geisha capital was Gion, Japan
Time period of the book Geisha were popular despite great depression, dominant part of society
Geisha can still be seen today, less of them
Follow old traditions and training
Cater more to tourists What to take away from this presentation: Poverty is an issue that can, and needs, to be changed in our society

Women should have equal rights and should not be treated as objects

Do not judge someone based on their appearance/ the world is not always as it appears to be Cultural, Historical and Social instrument Reflect our society and influence our world I Challenge you to realize an issue in every novel you read and go out and make a difference in the world, one novel at a time!


Thank you for listening! Quotations: "Do you know how much I paid for you?" She said to me at last.
"No, ma'am," I answered. "But you're going to tell me you paid more than I'm worth." (Golden 98) "We've all grown poor lately"-Dr. Miura (Golden 12)

"You growing up in a dump like Yorido. That's like making tea in a bucket" (Golden 8) Quotation Dr. Crab paid a record amount for Mameha's mizuage- maybe 7000 or 8000 yen. Two very wealthy men had bid against each other to be her mizuage patron. (Golden 233) Geisha Quotation In the end Dr. Crab agreed to pay 11,500 yen for my mizuage. (Golden 279) Quotation Just slipping her feet into her lacquered zori, stood an exquisitely beautiful woman wearing a kimono lovelier than anything I'd ever imagined......This was my first glimpse of Hatsumomo. (Golden 36-37) Quotation Even from a distance the skin of his face looked like a melted candle. At some time in his life he has suffered terrible burns, his whole appearance was so tragic looking. (Golden 195) Journey through a geisha's life Teenage Years By: Arthur Golden
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