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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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So we somehow managed to communicate and she was just so nice to me. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? We go to dinner parties. Dalby adresses the paradox that the women considered the most daoby in Japan are also geieha with the most freedom, and by the time the book is finished it’s no longer a paradox, really. Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. This has intruiged me so much that I’ve also bought her specialist book all about it! A ‘s sociologist studying Japan’s geisha culture, Liza Dalby presents an intriguing, nuanced look at the subject.

This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are lucky.

Geisha by Liza Dalby Goodreads Author. I knew a lot of the information she addressed going in, but many of the technical aspects of the lifestyle and the traditions she discussed were new to me. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 30mm Dalby shows that in Japan, wives have little power or economic base of their own.

Dalby explains the differences between a prostitute and a geisha, although, with my westernized upbringing there are still some hazy areas. Jun 03, Lorna Collins rated it really liked it. Liza gave an extensive view of an interesting and fascinating world of being being a Geisha.


Liza Dalby

Putting on the Ritz. Her new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of tradition as Japan heads into the 21st century.

Dalby is considered an expert in ggeisha study of the Japanese geisha community and has acted as consultant to novelist Arthur Golden and filmmaker Rob Marshall lizx the novel Memoirs of a Geisha and the film of the same name. About Liza Dalby Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. They can earn their own money, especially if they end up owning a bar or teahouse.

She also mentions appearing on an American TV show as one of three people dressed as geishas, and how her experience of wearing kimono and “walking geisha” made it obvious who was the “real” one there’s that irony again! In this classic best-seller, Liza Dalby, the only non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider’s look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

A came out of reading it was a geishaa understanding of the saintly origins of Valentine’s Day. I think this is best to read after Memoirs of a Geisha because then potential mismatches of culture in the fictional account won’t bother you so much, but you will be intrigued to learn more. Apprentices, known as maikoare trained in dalbj traditonal Japanese arts, as well as in social skills such as tea-serving and conversation.

It would be interesting to know how different things are in the flower-and-willow world of the s.

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There are descriptions of ceremonies, status levels in The Flower and Willow World, things that a girl has to learn to become a geisha. But then one is always the exception in one’s own life Undeniably, geisha is a subject that has been greatly misconceived by the American culture since World War II. One day in the late s, a year-old American girl called Liza Dalby was walking down a street in Saga, a city in southern Japan, when she heard the music of the shamisen for the first time.


Oct 07, Regina Ibrahim rated it really liked it. Liza Crihfield Dalby born is an American anthropologist and novelist specializing in Japanese culture. This is her unique insight into the extraordinary, closed world of the geisha, a world of grace, beauty and tradition that has long fascinated and enthralled the West. To ask other readers questions about Geishaplease sign up.

Geisha by Liza Dalby

Retrieved August 31, I learned so many new things, and I loved all of the pictures. Geisha are exotic even in their homeland. Dalby’s account is straightforward and precise, though I don’t want to give the impression there’s nothing here that would give the reader a sense of personal experience; far from it.

It’s a world about which there are many rumours and misunderstandings, and Dalby does a good job of sorting these things out.

Which is a good thing. I found it endlessly fascinating. According to esoteric Buddhist theology, the world is suffering through a final corrupt era. Though geisha are still considered a central part of Japanese culture, the tradition is changing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a really interesting book written by an American anthropologist who went to Japan and actually become a geisha. One cannot even marry and be a gwisha.

She followed that with a fictional account of the Heian era noblewoman Murasaki Shikibutitled The Tale of Murasaki.