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Actually, I can think of another reason why she helped me: during her years as a geisha, Mineko had at one time or other met many of Japan's great living writers and artists.
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Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
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Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
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Hopes are like hair ornaments. Girls want to wear too many of them. When they become old women they look silly wearing even one.
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I didn't want salacious details about her customers; I never asked for names, or even about experiences she'd had, but only about the rituals and routines of a geisha's life.
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I don't like things held up before me that I cannot have.
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I don't think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.
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I just finished a very good book, actually, called "The Houdini Girl," by Martyn Bedford, an English writer, that I was very impressed with.
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I know I'm a perfectly competent prose stylist; I didn't think the writing itself had scared them away. And the subject matter is so fascinating-or at least it was fascinating to me.
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I read everything I could find on the subject, in English and in Japanese, and ended up writing an 800 page first draft focusing on five years in the life of a Kyoto geisha shortly after World War II.
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I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha.
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I worried she might spend an afternoon chatting with me about the sights and then wish me best of luck.
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In establishing Sayuri's voice in the novel, I considered it essential to find some quality of cleverness that would help her rise out of the mire in which most geisha have no choice but to spend their lives.
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It is confusing, because in this culture we really don't have anything that corresponds to geisha.
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Most geisha never have the option of retiring, but Mineko was enormously successful and made a great deal of money.
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Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
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No, it isn't a translation; I wrote it in English. My Japanese is fine, but certainly not good enough for that!
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Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.
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She was very forthcoming with me. And, truthfully, what geisha don't talk about and what they don't want people to know about is their customers.
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Then a chance came along to meet a geisha, which, of course, I couldn't turn down.
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This character's entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn't recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn't read, because she doesn't read English.
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This time all the historical details and things were right. But I'd written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away.
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We can never flee the misery that is within us.
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Well, I'm working on something that has absolutely nothing to do with Japan. I finally got the book written on Japan that I wanted to write.
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What I had to do was keep the story within certain limits of what was, of course, plausible.
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What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?
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When men go out, the women stay at home. And historically what has always happened is the Japanese men hire women to sit and kind of entertain them.
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You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read about it the next morning in the newspaper.
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