: 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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The reader must remember that this was researched in the 70s, so for an updated look lliza the geisha at the turn of the century refer to Lesley Downer’s book, Women of the Pleasure Quarters.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha American anthropologist Liza Dalby is famous for being the first Western woman to have ever trained as a geisha. It also gives an explaination about the fact that people from West Europe, America often treat geishas as exclusive prostitutes, which is very untrue.

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We visited Kyoto often during our 31 Months there, and Liza’a insight helped inform our experience. It was lucky that they did. In fact it is one of the few instances in Japan in which a girl child is favoured over having a son. Dalby says that she decided to write a fictional account of Murasaki’s life dslby she “couldn’t contribute anything scholarly”.

Liza Dalby studied geisha life as an anthropologist, and by living as a geisha. American anthropologists American women anthropologists American women novelists births Living people Swarthmore College alumni Geisha American Japanologists Stanford University alumni Fulbright Scholars 20th-century American novelists 21st-century American novelists 20th-century American women writers 21st-century American women writers American women non-fiction writers 20th-century American non-fiction writers 21st-century American non-fiction writers.


In explaining the beauty of the paradox of geisha today, she holds up a mirror to the complexities of Japanese culture itself. Half memoir, half historical text, Geisha is a wonderful text that covers everything one needs to know about these exotic artists. I borrowed this book from my co-worker who teaches Japanese. Undeniably, geisha is a subject that has been greatly misconceived by the American culture since World War II. I think people are always very curious.

Oh, you know, I think probably the most important thing is just to cut other people some slack. And to think this was Lisa Dalby’s thesis. So, far, I am really appreciating how hard she works to show a balanced, academic viewpoint, and not devolve into overly glorifying shlock about geisha. Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

Geisha offers intriguing glimpses into Japanese politics, culture and history” show more. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the past, girls could be bonded to a geiwha house or okiya as children, and training today can still last for over five years. Some could argue that this diminishes the scholarly value, but it is easy to see how well it dalbby to draw the reader into the world of geisha.

As it was written in the s some of the information is a little bit dated but I think it stands the test of time as a great book to introduce someone to the subject.


Dalby, an anthropologist by nature as well as trade, has a knack for being able to translate emotion into recognizable speech and get it all down on paper in an easy-to-understand form. I may check out some more of her work if available to me. As an anthropological study, it is well constructed, and probably reworked for the general public–moving the statistical parts to a separate section etc.

We were fascinted and interested in reading about other westerners’ experiences adjusting to the Japanese cultural. Liza gave an extensive view of an interesting and fascinating world of being being a Geisha. By using our website you gelsha to our use of cookies.

Even geiko and mama-sans the owners of tea houses all are in a business specifically tailored to entertaining men.

The definition refers to being flexible. This is your area of expertise. Her working as a geisha, her experiencing their world, is responsible for the breadth of her understanding” New York Times Book Review “Elegantly balanced Highschool exchange programme, or something else? May 13, Helen rated it really liked it. Geixha pen is mightier abroad.

Her descriptions of life in the geisha house are vivid and well written, though I would have enjoyed a bit more background information.

Geishas are men’s companions, but when they got married, they teisha to resign from being geisha.