A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice
Photographs by Naoyuki Ogino
Preface: Childhood Dreams
The First Steps
A Hanamachi Education
Inside the House
The Art of Performance
The Birth of a Geiko
A Journey Begins
I found this book incredibly engaging despite not being a dedicated geiko fan like many in the forums. Komomo's voice comes through the translation very well and lets you gain a sense of what her daily life as a maiko and then a geiko is like. The real strength of the book lies in its candid photographs taken by Naoyuki Ogani. Ogani has documented Komomo since she was fourteen or fifteen, even before she had decided to become a maiko, up to after her erikae and becoming independent (around 21 or 22).
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning a bit more about geiko in a non-painful way. And of course for Komomo fans this is probably an autobuy.
-People who want a nice light read and some pretty pictures
Not recommended for:
-People looking for in depth information about maiko and geiko kimono, kanzashi, dances, etc.
Komomo performance in LA from A Geisha's Journey
New Book: A Geisha's Journey: My Life As A Kyoto Apprentice