* At the party where Sayuri, the heroine, makes her debut as a geisha, she has an encounter with the AlphaBitch, Hatsumomo:
-->'''Hatsumomo''': "Sayuri"... a name as sweet as she is. I'm afraid these days even a common chambermaid can call herself a geisha. So it's nice to see such a sincere young ''maiko'', isn't it?\\
'''General''': Why yes!\\
'''Mameha''': Surely you would like to thank Hatsumomo for her gracious compliments?\\
'''Sayuri''': There is ''so much'' I would like to say to Hatsumomo.\\
'''Hatsumomo''': Sometimes the smartest remark is silence.\\
'''Sayuri''': What better advice to follow than your own?\\
'''Hatsumomo''': Ah, a ''maiko''. I was one myself, once.\\
'''Sayuri''': Of course... but it's been such a very long, long, long, ''long'' time.
* [[MundaneMadeAwesome Sayuri's dance shoes]]. Standing in them without falling on her face would be hard enough, [[UpToEleven but she DANCES]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63FxLM3AQt4 in them]].
* There's a scene with the Mameha (Michelle Yeoh) teaching the protagonist, Sayuri (Zhang Zhiyi) that a true geisha can stop a man with her eyes. She demonstrates and then asks Sayuri to do so, which Sayuri does to a passer by riding a bicycle, causing him to crash.
* There is a scene in the book where apprentice Chiyo gets the beat of Hatsumomo. While at the same party, Hatsumomo starts to snark at Chiyo finishing with a remark about Chiyo's youth "You don't even have any hair yet" (the hair Hatsumomo referring to being pubic hair), Chiyo simply responds with "Oh I do, and plenty of it" before patting her head, making the man Hastumomo's entertaining (and trying to tear Chiyo down in front of) laugh and remark on Chiyo's cleverness.