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. Her eyes also represent her honest and truthful nature, which contrasts with the artificial and deceptive world of the geisha. In order to be successful in Kyoto, geisha create the illusion that they enjoy spending time with the men they entertain, no matter how boring or boorish the men are. Mameha
even explains that a geisha’s expressive eyes are her best asset for creating these illusions. While these deceptive eyes conceal a geisha’s true feelings, Sayuri’s eyes are open and honest. Because of their light color, her eyes seem transparent—“windows” in the old saying—and they reveal her true feelings instead of concealing them. Yet since most characters in the novel are only concerned with the external appearance of beauty rather than inner beauty, they can only see the superficial loveliness of her eyes, rather than the beautiful personality that her eyes reveal. Only the Chairman
sees beyond the superficial into the deep inner beauty of Sayuri’s soul, indicating their connection and compatibility.