Until I read Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki, I confess that I was prejudiced. I had no idea about the true job description of a Geisha and their history. It is very interesting. I know that Mineko Iwasaki was very fortunate as she was chosen as atotori and hence had privileges that others might envy. I wonder about the perspective of a Geisha who is much lower in the hierarchy.
I would have never guessed that Mineko Iwasaki came in such close contact with dignitaries such as the Queen of England and Prince of Wales because of her profession. This book has definitely enlightened me on this subject. I will definitely watch the movie too. Recently, I visited a Japanese restaurant and I have to say that I took more interest in the decoration, especially the Geisha doll.