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I suspect that the more you know about Japan and movies, the less you will enjoy "Memoirs of a Geisha. The heroines here look so very beautiful and their world is so visually enchanting as they live trapped in sexual slavery. I know, a geisha is not technically a prostitute.
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Production took place in southern and northern California and in several locations in Kyotoincluding the Kiyomizu temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine. The film tells the story of a young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto, who is sold by her impoverished family to a geisha house called an okiya. Chiyo is eventually transformed into a geisha and renamed "Sayuri", and becomes one of the most celebrated geisha of her time.
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THE geisha who was the main source for Arthur Golden's best-selling Memoirs of a Geisha has hit back at what she claims are slurs on her profession by releasing her own memoirs. Mineko Iwasaki, now 52 and in retirement, published her book in Japan in order to dispel the idea that geisha are prostitutes, as she claims the original work had suggested. Memoirs of a Geisha portrays the struggle of Sayuri, a young girl, to become a geisha.
Many people in the West think of geisha simply as prostitutes. After reading Memoirs of a Geishado you see the geisha of Gion as prostitutes? What are the similarities, and what are the differences?