American anthropologist Liza Dalby is famous for being the first Western woman to have ever trained as a geisha. In this classic best seller, Liza Dalby, the first non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider’s look at the exclusive world of female. Geisha are exotic even in their homeland. At the same time, geisha are the most Japanese of Japanese. In this book, Liza Dalby examines these intriguing.

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In explaining the beauty of the paradox of geisha today, she holds ggeisha a mirror to the complexities of Japanese culture itself. Highly recommend if you are at all interested in this subject. Becoming a geisha is a notoriously long and difficult dlby. Dalby is considered an expert in the study of the Japanese geisha community and has acted as consultant to novelist Arthur Golden and filmmaker Rob Marshall for the novel Memoirs of a Geisha and the film of the same name.

Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes. When did she first begin to study the language? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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Most of all, though, I appreciated ‘meeting’ the people, mostly geisha, she lived with and learning about what life is generally like for them. I know, I know. The style of the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel. Although primarily a look at the various Geisha communities opperating in Japan Dalby also makes observations on other aspects of the culture as they relate to the Flower and Willow world. Geisha was followed by a book about kimonocalled Kimono: I appreciated that she wrote not only about Kyoto.

The book is neither fully detached and academic, nor purely personal account, and sometimes the mingling of the two is awkward, and frequently it left me wanting more. So interesting that a westerner was able to ‘break’ into the world of the Geisha.


It was also one of my first encounters with anthropological literature, which turned out to be a great mixture of raw informative and personal accounts. Then you can stop reading about Geisha As a high school student, Dalby visited Japan in a student exchange program; there she learned to geishx the shamisen. Women Ethnic Studies Sociology Sociology: Many today still believe that they are merely glorified prostitutes; a subject that Liza thoroughly addresses in her geeisha with pictures and descriptions of practices between the two.

And while the information may be a little outdated now, the historical validity and interest factor is definitely there. Her new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of tradition as Japan heads into the 21st century.

It has aspects of her time as a geisha, but it wasn’t too autobiographical. Telegraph International Money Transfer. Review Text “A loving, beautifully designed tribute to one of Japan’s most tantalising traditions The ideal of artistic achievement and feminine allure that they represent is deeply rooted in Japan. Jun 03, Lorna Collins rated it really liked it.

Liza Dalby apparently became a geisha for a few months in aboutfor her anthropology grad work. This is what the geisha sell. Dalby shows that in Japan, wives have little power or economic base of their own. May 13, Lizx rated it really liked it. Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Daby show geosha.

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This account of her geisua experience provides an intimate look into a feminine community that has been the subject of rumor and fantasy for dlby in the West. This book was amazing! Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious hidden buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days. Japanese culture isn’t really built on a set of inflexible rules, not much more than other cultures anyway. Putting on the Ritz. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure.


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Oct 07, Regina Ibrahim rated it really liked it. I loved how Liza wrote about the history of Geisha in Japan and every tiny detail of the things in their life – Kimono and how it is worn, why it is worn, the way it is worn, the colours that are worn and why. Sep 07, Ann dalbt it really liked it. This has intruiged me so much that I’ve piza bought her specialist book all about it! Oh, you know, I think probably the most important thing is just to cut other people some slack.

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I found it endlessly fascinating. I calby this far more than ‘Geisha of Gion’, as it was much more insightful about the life of dslby modern geisha, and covers those outside the Kansai region.

Great look inside world of geishas – women of art, “owners” of those feminine characteristics not considered in Japanese culture as owned or shouldn’t been showned by wives like sexiness. Book ratings by Goodreads. Flap copy “Liza Dalby knows more about the subject than I’ll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence.