Such as her brief encounter as a child with the Chairman and the way this affected the rest of her life. Although very romantic indeed, this seemed highly unlikeable. Then there was Hatsumoto's limitless - evil stepmother! - hate for what was in the beginning hardly more than a poor little girl from the countryside.
It was the ending though, which bothered me most. Golden got either bored or felt his publisher breathing in his neck and tried to wrap up the story quickly. It showed. The final pages were hardly worth reading.
Also, this book would've been so much more intense if Golden had avoided that sugary Hollywood ending. .
But then...despite its flaws this was one of those 'hard to put away' books. Geisha's in general are a intriguing - and dying - subgroup of Japanese culture, so it was interesting to read about their world: their habits, ceremonies and make up rituals. Golden offers detailed descriptions. However I cannot comment on the veracity of his research.