A Geisha’s Struggle For Happiness

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Throughout the years of working up the hierarchal ladder at the okia, she finds herself trying to balance two opposing lives but unfortunately both worlds cannot coexist for personal interest and love has been taught to be nothing but a mere fairytale in the eyes of geisha. Thus she battles with the inner conflict of being true to herself, seeking happiness, and still managing to remain honorable to the rules of being not only a geisha but one of the most popular and desired geisha in Gion. This is merely a story of an on-going battle for freedom and love.
The female protagonist is first introduced as Chiyo and is latter renamed Sayuri when she is given the opportunity to become an apprentice geisha or meiko in her latter years. In the beginning she is portrayed as a clever, sensitive, witty, and pretty daughter of a fisherman and his dying wife in a poor and remote town in Japan. Having similar qualities with her mother, she is the very antithesis of her foolish and “plain” older sister Satsu. She possessed a great deal of water in her personality, which made her easy to get along with. Her sister on the other hand clearly took after their father having a strong amount of wood in her personality and being quite stern and stubborn. Chiyo never had much growing up but she did at least have her loving family by her side. Although young, Chiyo did begin to grasp the idea that her mother’s illness was a terminal one and that she would not be with her for long. Chiyo’s father was a feeble old man and was also aware that he had little time left on this earth. Trying to secure his daughters future, he decided to sell them to a wealthy fish factory owner. Chiyo latter was separated from her sister and forced to live and work at a local geisha house in the city of Gion. From that day on, poor Chiyo found herself living a life of servitude. After a few months Chiyo had gotten used to her routine. She tried her best not to get into trouble View More »

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