Born in 1949, Mineko Tanaka was only five years old when she was sent away from home to study Japanese dance at the Iwasaki geisha house in the Gion district of Kyoto. It was the most elite of the Kyoto’s hanamachi aka “flower towns”. She fought to make changes to the geisha profession. She wanted the geisha to have more control over the money they earned. Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha, gleaned most of his information interviewing Japan’s most famous geisha of the 1960’s Mineko Iwasaki. However Iwasaki sued Golden for revealing her as a source. The book is not true story of her life.