: Geisha, 25th Anniversary Edition, Updated Edition ( ): Liza Dalby: Books. 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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Avevo aspettative enormi per questo libro In this book, Liza Dalby examines these intriguing women, practitioners of the classical arts of music and dance and unmarried companions to the Japanese male elite.

I loved the book Memoirs of a Geisha as a fictional account and it was my first introduction to the Geisha lifestyle. She leads the reader to a rich understanding of Japan and one of the most Japanese of all existing institutions. Open Preview See a Problem?

That said, there was much that I enjoyed, I This is a fascinating book giving all kinds of insight into geisha life and Japanese culture.

But this is something that I think American women are already expected to do. This book was amazing! 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.

Descrizioni approssimate, importanti cerimonie e riti solo accennati I appreciated that she wrote not only about Kyoto. This has intruiged me so geisja that I’ve also bought her specialist book all about it!

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She barely touches on the way in which the powerful patriarchy dalbj Japan limits all women, even those with the most freedom: And while the information may be a little outdated now, the historical validity and interest factor is definitely there.

Whether discussing the finer points of tying kimono or handling tipsy customers, Dalby manages to craft an engaging, elegant read that is insightful and illuminating. This way of life is dying since younger women aren’t interested. Geisha offers intriguing glimpses into Japanese politics, culture and history” Newsweek “The authoritative work on the geisha. 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.


Dalby is considered an expert in the study dapby the Japanese geisha community and has acted as consultant to novelist Arthur Golden and filmmaker Rob Marshall for the novel Memoirs dalbj a Geisha and the film of the same name.

During the s they made the transition from fashion innovator to curator of tradition, and in so doing, geisha assured themselves a continuing role in modern society. It strikes the perfect balance between travelogue and dissertation–yes, there is plenty of fact and history and pondering of culture, but also plenty of humor, tragedy, and personal experience which serves to lighten the whole piece.

This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat Dalby subsequently authored a nonfiction book, Geisha, that was made into the movie, American Geisha, and worked as a consultant on the novel by Arthur Golden and movie, Memoirs of a Geisha. A pity though that the book was written in Lists with This Book.

And everything else is trappings.

Views Read Edit View history. Back cover copy “Liza Dalby knows more about the subject than I’ll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence. Women Ethnic Studies Sociology Sociology: This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are lucky. It’s a world about which there are many rumours and misunderstandings, and Dalby does a good job of sorting these things out.

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So, records of I read this book while living in Japan before “Memoirs of a Geisha” was published. Japanese culture I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession. Review Text “A loving, beautifully designed tribute to one of Japan’s most tantalising traditions What drew her to Japanese language and culture in the first place? Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious hidden buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days.


This is a really interesting book written by an American anthropologist who went to Japan and actually become a geisha.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

In this book, set in modern-day Japan, Paris, and California, she writes a story set against the backdrop of the concept of hibutsu secret Buddha statues in Japanese Buddhist temples. While I struggled with some of the Japanese words gfisha book is still very readable and a must for anyone interested in this nation. It’s hard to come away from the book with the same mindset you entered it with from either a Japanese or Western perspective, if Dalby’s explanation of the geisha as a somewhat mysterious phenomenon in Japan itself is true.

After she finished her PhD, later published as the book GeishaDalby returned to Geixha, where she took up a teaching position at the University of Chicago.

Absorbing, a quick read, new stuff to be learned, how can you go wrong? Geisha are free in many ways that the average Japanese woman is dslby. Some could argue that this diminishes the scholarly value, but it is easy to see how well it serves to draw the reader into the world of ggeisha.

There are descriptions of ceremonies, status levels in The Flower and Willow World, things that a girl has to learn to become a geisha.