Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Thanks to Abenomics, she added, corporate sectors have gained a lot of profit since October However, most of it is being kept at commercial banks rather than being spent on business fixed development or foreign direct investment.
And, in the household sector, too, more and more money is being placed in deposit at commercial banks or being kept in the form of cash. She noted only a slight increase in loans. Future scenarios Dr Shirai expressed concern about the unsustainable nature of current monetary policy.
The corporate sector depends excessively on the exchange rate and stock prices while the Japanese government dominates the bond share. She pointed out that there is not a clear relationship between ageing society and inflation based on existing empirical studies.
Ageing leads to lower inflation because many pensioners oppose inflation and they are major voters at elections, but it also means fewer workers. A shortage of labour eventually leads to higher wages, some of which would be offset by higher productivity. Japan's imports are primarily raw materials, such as lumber, oil, and food items.
Because Japan is such a technological giant, it is not surprising that agriculture only makes up about 2 percent of the GNP.
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Even into the early twentieth century, there are numerous geisha in various districts in Japan. Japanese Women Today, inthere were fewer than seventeen thousand geisha in all of Japan, down from eighty thousand before World War II. Today, the young women of Japan are more interested in modern careers than in carrying on old traditions that sharply delineate gender differences as dramatically as the geisha tradition does.
Because of this, the number of geisha in Japan continues to decline, and the future of geisha is uncertain. The Japanese government is characterized by a heavy military presence. With it comes censorship, propaganda, and persecution of communists.
Military personnel come to occupy most of the highest offices in government, including that of prime minister. Japan's government is bicameral having two legislative houses and is parliamentary. Since its new constitution inJapan has transferred power from the emperor to the people, who now elect political leaders. Historical Context Japanese Geisha Prior to the mid to late s, geisha professional entertainers were primarily men who sang, played music, told jokes, and performed dances and theatrical presentations.
They first appeared around and became a staple of social functions. As women entered the profession, however, men who enjoyed the performances preferred the charms of women to the antics of men. Even in the eighteenth century, female geisha wore their hair in elaborate styles, applied distinctive makeup, wore beautiful silk kimonos and intricately tied obis, and followed certain rules of propriety.
Geisha live in houses owned by whoever purchased them and paid for their education. The geisha's education includes dancing, singing, playing music, performing tea ceremonies, conversation, etiquette, local dialect, and serving food and beverages. The house staff is responsible for managing a geisha's schedule, booking her appearances at parties, performances at teahouses and events, and private gatherings. Today, the geisha is a dying vestige of a past society.
The numbers of geisha have rapidly dwindled, and the inability to interest today's girls in such a profession means the future is dim. Young Japanese women today tend to be more interested in emerging opportunities than in carrying on the traditions of the past.
Critical Overview A first-person account of a geisha's life written by a man from Tennessee seemed an unlikely success, but Memoirs of a Geisha proved a hit with readers and critics alike. Brad Hooper of Booklist describes the book as "sparkling" and commends Golden's "thorough research.
Nguyen finds the novel "lyrical" and "evocative. Jeff Giles of Newsweek finds the book a "captivating, minutely imagined Cinderella story," adding, "A few reservations aside, Golden has written a novel that's full of cliffhangers great and small, a novel that is never out of one's possession, a novel that refuses to stay shut.
Nancy Day and Alec Foege of People Weekly comment that "Golden's remarkable ability to imagine life in a highly secretive foreign subculture" results in a "powerful story. She writes, "Like a geisha who has mastered the art of illusion, Golden creates a cloistered floating world out of the engines of a modernizing Japan.
And finally, as the edges of the floating world strain too much, we lose the grip of the illusion that kept us entranced for so long. In Library Journal, R. Kent Rasmussen states, "Although often compelling, it is not always convincing," explaining that the characters "are mostly two-dimensional. He doesn't want to peek behind screens, he would rather examine their delicate woodwork.
He is masterful at describing the teahouses, hairdressers' shops and alleyways of Gion. Brownstein evaluates Sayuri's characterization, noting that "throughout the book she remains elusive, her personality marked by a doelike innocence. She writes, "What is striking about the novel is Mr. Golden's creation of an utterly convincing narrator, a woman who is, at once, a traditional product of Japan's archaic gender relations and a spirited picaresque heroine.
Golden allows her to relate her story in chatty, colloquial terms that enable the reader to identify with her feelings of surprise, puzzlement and disgust at the rituals she must endure. According to Galloway in U. Criticism Kate Covintree Covintree is a graduate student and expository writing instructor at Emerson College.
In this essay, Covintree explores Golden's novel in relation to classic fairy tale motif of Cinderella. Fairy tales and folklore have contributed a great deal to the development of people and their understanding of their place in the world. As Maria Tatar points out in the preface to her book The Hard Facts of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm "transformed the fables, yarns, and anecdotes of an oral storytelling tradition into literary texts destined to have a powerful influence on cultures the world over.
The stories give readers a blueprint on how to read the world and the roles one can play in the world. Should one be the stepdaughter heroine, the enchanted beast, the witch, or the prince? Fairy tale motifs can often be found throughout television shows, commercials, and films. Even contemporary novels return to the formulas of familiar fairy tales. It is not until the fairy tale concepts in Golden's novel are read in conjunction with a tale-type index, with its variations made visible, that Golden's version of a Cinderella story becomes most clear.
Golden begins his novel with a "Translator's Note" introducing the reader to a false author of his tale. By giving over the story to Jakob Haarhuis, Golden plays the role of the Grimm Brothersremoving himself from the direct responsibility of the story. Since Haarhuis is not the actual author, but the translator, Golden stresses the importance of storytelling even within the story he is telling.
Memoirs of a Geisha is supposed to be Sayuri's story. But, like Haarhuis, she does not exist. In the mid twentieth century, Antti Aerne and Stith Thompson created an index that listed motifs, or common symbols and ideas, that classified all of the elements included in folk and fairy tales. The index is very detailed and specific by breaking down the aspects of each folk-tale.
The Cinderella story and its variants are classified as Type Part A Folk Narratives explains in her breakdown of the tale Ashpitel, "this type of fairy tale includes the following: Similarly, Golden's main character, Sayuri, begins her tale in the fishing village of her childhood.
Here, in Yoriodo, she is not called Sayuri, but Chiyo, and lives contentedly with her father, sister, and dying mother. As in the beginning of Cinderella, this simple life soon dissolves. She and her sister are shipped to Kyoto and then separated.
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When Sayuri enters the Gion district, Kyoto's home for geisha training and entertaining, she is unhappy. She is brought to the Nitta okiya and must now call the matriarchs of this household "Mother," "Granny," and "Auntie. Everything about her new surrounding is unfamiliar, and she is out of place. She has a different dialect than the other girls. She smells like fish. Her new "Mother" only cares about money, and her "Granny" constantly puts Sayuri to work with chores and errands.
Even new privileges, like going to school, are made more unpleasant by the amount of work required when still at home. She is given little to eat and must stay up late into the night to wait on Hatsumomo.
As Sayuri explains it in her tale, she believed she had been pulled from her family just to be a maid. Sayuri's resistance to this new life only creates more problems for her. Hatsumomo views her as an enemy and falsely accuses her of stealing. Sayuri attempts to run away.
These actions seem to remove whatever chances Sayuri has of moving out of her subservient state. Of course, as soon as she has lost her geisha training privilege, she discovers that she wants it. A letter from her home village confirms the death of both her parents and her sister's successful elopement. This new home in Gion is now all she has, and her place in it is fragile. By the time Sayuri desires to return to geisha training, Mother has given up on her.
Her first encounter with the Chairman confirms her loss of status. The geisha that accompany him regard her with disdain. The Chairman favors Sayuri with a handkerchief. This is the motivation Sayuri needs for becoming a geisha, but still it would take a miracle for her to improve her life. Granny's death brings such a miracle. It is then that the well-respected and seasoned geisha, Mameha, enters Chiyo's life. In many senses, Mameha acts as her fairy godmother.
She helps Chiyo return to geisha training, dresses her in fine kimono, and takes her to social events. She even gives her the tools she needs to defeat her stepsister Hatsumomo by becoming the girl to be adopted into the Nitta okiya, and finally by becoming a successful geisha.
Without Mameha's persistence and cleverness, it is most likely that Sayuri would have remained a maid. With Mameha's help, Golden's main character raises her status and moves from the rags of her childhood to the riches and comforts that her new adoption can provide.
Her debts are settled and her place in Gion is secure. Since she is now transformed from the Chiyo of her childhood into the geisha called Sayuri, suitors vie for her company.
Dressed in kimono and adorned with jewels from admiring men, Sayuri should be able to live happily ever after. In an environment that looks down on love and romance by training geisha to remain detached from their emotions, Sayuri's motivations are based entirely on her desire for the Chairman. She carries his handkerchief around with her like a slipper, waiting for the right moment to expose herself to him.
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Now as a geisha, Sayuri is still not a fully realized princess, because her true prince, the Chairman, has not become her danna, or male sponsor. Without the Chairman, she is only another lady in waiting. If the handkerchief is confirmation of the meeting between Sayuri and the Chairman, or encounter with her Prince, what is the glass slipper that he sends his footman in search of? It is her gray eyes. Her eyes, like the size of Cinderella's foot, are so unique and individual that only one woman can fulfill the requirement.
Near the end of the book, Mameha's role of fairy godmother is brought even more to light as the Chairman explains that he wanted Mameha to search for the girl with the gray eyes. As he tells Sayuri at the end of the novel, he was "the one who asked Mameha to take you under her care. I told her about the beautiful young girl I'd met with startling gray eyes, and asked that she help you if she ever came upon you in Gion.
But, like all good Cinderella stories, the union cannot be that easy. There are complications, the primary one being the Chairman's good friend Nobu. Nobu believes Sayuri is his destiny, but Sayuri evades intimacy with him as it could jeopardize a future with the Chairman.
Nevertheless, Nobu's relationship to Sayuri is extremely important. Each bottle has a blood sample, soaked in a cotton ball or a piece of towel of every geisha he has ever treated including the blood from his couplings for their virginity. He cuts a piece of blood soaked towel that was under Sayori and added it to the bottle with her name. The cultural obsession, every country seems to have one, with female virginity is simply pathological. Not strapped to a table by a serial killer type fear, but still there has to be that underlying hum as the man prepares to enter her.
I wonder if men, especially those who avidly pursue the deflowering of maidens, are getting off on that fear? Sayori is on her way to a successful career.
She is in love with a man called The Chairman and wishes that he will become her danna, a patron, who can afford to keep a geisha as a mistress.
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At that moment, beauty itself struck me as a kind of painful melancholy. One misstep, one bit of scandal, and many geishas found themselves ostracized by the community. They could very easily find themselves in a brothel. During WW2 the geisha community was disbanded, and the girls had to find work elsewhere. Despite all the hardships I know she was enduring, Arthur Golden chose not to dwell on them in great detail.
I was surprised by this because authors usually want and need to press home those poignant moments, so that when the character emerges from the depths of despair the reader can have a heady emotional response to triumph over tragedy. I really did feel like I was sitting down for tea with Sayori, many years later, and she, as a way of entertaining me, was telling me her life story. Golden interviewed a retired geisha by the name of Mineko Iwasaki who later sued him for using too much of her life story to produce this book.
I wonder if Iwasaki was still the perfect geisha, keeping her story uplifting, and glossing over the aspects that could make her company uncomfortable. I notice some reviewers take issue with Sayori.