In , the nine-year-old Chiyo Sakamoto lives with her ailing mother , emotionally withdrawn father , and older sister Satsu in a small fishing village in Western Japan. One day, the wealthiest man in her village, Mr. Tanaka sells Chiyo to an okiya , which is a boarding house for geisha. Geisha are women trained to entertain men with conversation, dancing, and singing. At the okiya , Chiyo works as a maid while she trains to be a geisha. The other people living at the okiya are the young apprentice geisha Pumpkin , the greedy and materialistic Mother who runs the okiya , and the beautiful but cruel geisha Hatsumomo.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. She was a young girl, belonging to a fisherman, who grew up in a fishing village called Yoroido. She grew up as being the youngest one and often being compared to her mother with whom she shared the same unusual eye color, a light grey, not common among Japanese people. After that Sakamoto Minoru married again and together with his new wife had two daughters, Chyo and Satsu. The older daughter resembled her father both in manner and physical appearance while Chyo was more like her mother.
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