These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Chyo is the main character in the book, the story being told from her perspective. She is taken from her family and separated from her sister at a young age and is sold to a geisha house where Mother hops that she will become a successful geisha. She is a stubborn character, insisting on running away and on disobeying the house rules, which results in Mother refusing to send her to the geisha school anymore. A successful geisha takes an interest in Chyo because of her interesting eyes and manages to make her a successful geisha. Sayuri ends up falling in love with a wealthy man and, from that point on, everything she does is in the hope that one day she will meet that person again.
Memoirs of a Geisha
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Chiyo Sakamoto was born into a poverty-stricken fishing village named Yoroido, located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. She lives in what she calls her "tipsy house" with her sickly mother, elderly father and older sister, Satsu. Chiyo's father is aware that his wife is dying and, believing his life is also nearing its end, decides to sell his daughters to an okiya a geisha boarding house in Gion , the most prominent hanamachi geisha district in Kyoto. When they arrive in Kyoto, the sisters are met by a woman known as Auntie, one of three women who run the okiya. To Chiyo's dismay, Satsu is rejected and taken away. Chiyo becomes a servant and is told that is she behaves, she will start training to become a geisha.
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Chiyo Sakamoto/Sayuri Nitta
Ask them which passage is still most vivid in their minds. It may be the scene in which Sayuri, the geisha whose life the book recounts, sells her virginity to the dreadful Dr Crab. Or perhaps it will be a not dissimilar episode close to the end, when she finds herself pinned beneath the drooling hulk of "the Minister", who can't believe his luck.
Memoirs of a Geisha is an novel by Arthur Golden — later adapted into a film — about the life of a famous geisha , Sayuri formerly Chiyo , who was sold to a geisha house by her father at a young age to be trained in the profession. One day, she meets a man who becomes her main motivation to pursue a career as a geisha, although she soon starts to realize that he is unobtainable. Meanwhile, Sayuri becomes a pawn in an intrigue between two of the most successful geisha in the district.