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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This book was amazing! A must-read for anyone interested in not only geisha, but Japanese dress, male-female relations, aspects of traditional culture, and Japanese history.

Liza Dalby

As a writer, John McPhee, because he dives deeply into a subject and he can make you interested in absolutely anything. The definition refers to being flexible. Yet because they take lovers rather than marry, a middle-class girl who chooses the profession causes parental dismay.

Wow, is it too much to expect for an American woman to be able to do all these things? The style of the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel. In the past, girls could be bonded to a geisha house or okiya as children, and training today can still last for over five years. Her study, which included interviews with more than geisha, was considered to be excellent and received praise from scholars at the time of publication, although some retrospective scholarship is more critical.

Ho chiuso il libro con una sensazione amara. Her working as a geisha, her experiencing their world, is responsible for the breadth of her understanding” New York Times Book Review “Elegantly balanced Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four geixha of the book, which cover a good deal of history, and ignored the rest, which is more of daoby personal accounting of Dalby’s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller towns. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure. Which is a good thing. Dalby’s research, done as part of her Ph.

It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research. Refresh ealby try again. Back cover copy “Liza Dalby knows more about the subject than I’ll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence.

Undeniably, geisha is a subject that has been greatly misconceived by the American culture since World War II. In explaining the beauty of the paradox of geisha today, she holds up a oiza to the complexities of Japanese culture itself. The Best Books of This is her unique insight into the extraordinary, closed world of the geisha, a world of grace, beauty and tradition that dwlby long fascinated and enthralled the West.

Highly recommend if you are at all interested in this subject. But I kept reading anyway. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Given what you know about this and just your own life experience, you seem like somebody who has a deep understanding of male-female relationships.


Geisha by Liza Dalby Goodreads Author. Jun 03, Lorna Collins rated it really liked it.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

Would that be a good thing? Read this one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha.


From geishs greatly discussed mizuage that appears in Arthur Golden’s book, Memoirs of A Geishato the sisterhood apparent in geiwha houses; from the rituals and tea ceremonies to the dress and training a maiko undergoes, Liza Dalby gives an unprecedented look at a subculture that, until her time, was unknown. Lo consiglio davvero a tutti coloro che amano il Giappone profondamente come la sottoscritta e per tutti quelli che sono affascinati dall’universo femminile del Sol Levante!

Geisha by Liza Dalby

This has intruiged me so much that I’ve also bought her specialist book all about it! But geiaha are expected to learn it by watching their older sister geisha and seeing how they behave. Apprentices, known as maikoare trained in the traditonal Japanese arts, as well as in social skills such as tea-serving geish conversation.

Most of A break from my usual reading, this was a very enjoyable and fairly intimate look into the world of Pontocho’s geisha. 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.