Memoirs of a Geisha

by

Arthur Golden

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Water, Rivers, and Streams

In the Japanese Buddhist tradition, water is one of five elements that make up the fabric of the universe and the personalities of every person. Like water shifting to fit the shape of its container… (read full symbol analysis)

Sayuri’s Eyes

Sayuri’s eyes symbolically relate to the old saying that “eyes are the windows to the soul.” Sayuri’s translucent blue-grey eyes lead many characters to believe that she has a lot of water in her personality… (read full symbol analysis)

The Chairman’s Handkerchief

The Chairman gives Sayuri a handkerchief (wrapped around a coin) when Sayuri is crying by the stream, and this act of kindness is a great comfort to her. In the following years, this handkerchief comes… (read full symbol analysis)