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. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me. Arthur Golden
'Memoirs of a Geisha' is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot. Stephen Hunter
There's nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It's so different, so special to Japan. Ziyi Zhang
For myself I don't like the geisha look. It's like a mask. Ziyi Zhang
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? Arthur Golden