: 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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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! We were fascinted and interested in reading about other westerners’ experiences adjusting to lia Japanese cultural.

To ask geisga readers questions about Geishaplease sign up. Liza Dalby brings so much information and personal experience to this anthropological study of Geisha.

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Yet Dalby’s book went further back into history and deeper into dxlby cultural aspect than any others I’ve stumbled across. Does anybody go to cocktail parties? In dalbu book, set in modern-day Japan, Paris, grisha California, she writes a story set against the backdrop of the concept of hibutsu secret Buddha statues in Japanese Buddhist temples. Review Text “A loving, beautifully designed tribute to one of Japan’s most tantalising traditions I would definitely recommend this book as a reference tool for anyone writing a historical novel set in Japan, and it a definite must read for anyone interested in Asian Studies, Women Studies, or Anthropology.

I wonder, did her subjects tell her as many porkies as the Samoans did Ms Mead? Strangely enough, it was once again the shamisen which tipped the balance in her favour.

This is a fascinating book giving all kinds of insight into geisha life and Japanese culture.


The style of the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel. Retrieved August 31, And it’s making me want to go and read Memoirs of a Geisha agai This is a really interesting book written by an American anthropologist who went to Japan and actually become a gesha.

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Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. It was lucky that they did. Thanks for telling us about the problem. What could geisha behavior contribute to American society?

I may check out some more of her work if available to me. Jun 03, Lorna Collins rated it really liked it.

Anyone who is fascinated by geisha, Japan, history or other geisya. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The first thing that struck me when this book arrived through heisha post were the amazing pictures. I have moved on. All is explained in such a way as to be easily absorbed, Not in the tradition of “classic” anthropological works at all.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of And if we can connect that to the geisha, the traditional term for the geisha world is the flower and willow world.

This way of life is dying since younger women aren’t interested. It does repeat some of what Dalby writes, though. This book was amazing! Feb 11, Robert Beveridge rated it liked it Shelves: As a high school student, Dalby visited Japan in a student exchange program; there she learned to play the shamisen.

It would never work here because I think American women are basically expected to be geisha, to do what geisha do, along with all the other things they do. It’s a fascinating memoir, historical document, and anthropological work. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research. Looking for beautiful books? A came out of reading it was a greater understanding of the saintly origins of Valentine’s Day.


As the Japanese economy has boomed, less and less young women see becoming a geisha as an attractive career choice, and some okiya struggle to recruit apprentices. What did Dalby make of it? From these ancient notions of doom and rebirth comes a startling new novel by the acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki. Part of me had trouble shaking the feeling that this was still vaguely Orientalist in its orientation, but her research is good and her writing sympathetic and well-stated.

Dalby talks about geisha via her personal narrative so sometimes we learn more about her personal experiences than we do about geisha. Read this 25 years ago while living in Japan. Jan 16, Talya rated it really liked it. I have long admired geisha as “living museums” of traditional Japan, a tradition I will never see except through such deliberate cultivations. Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes.

She lives in California with her husband and three children. A married American man going to geisha clubs or whatever. We go to dinner parties. Highly recommend if you are at all interested in this subject.

Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious gisha buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days. 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.

Ho chiuso il libro con una sensazione amara. This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat