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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Geisha Girl Anthropologist Liza Dalby deconstructs a favorite male fantasy. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I know, I know. Geisha by Liza Dalby Goodreads Author. So, far, I dqlby really appreciating how hard she works to show a balanced, academic viewpoint, and not devolve into overly glorifying shlock about geisha.

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Her working as a geisha, her experiencing their world, is responsible for the breadth of her understanding” New York Times Book Review “Elegantly balanced But I kept reading anyway. The explanations and insights into this subculture are fascinating and help clarify details of Japanese culture that I had not understood before. And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn’t. It has aspects of her time as a geisha, but it wasn’t too autobiographical.

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The style of the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel. We visited Kyoto often during our 31 Months there, and Liza’a insight helped inform our experience.


A break from my usual reading, this was a very enjoyable and fairly intimate look into the world of Pontocho’s geisha. Okay, you go to dinner parties. Most of all, though, I appreciated ‘meeting’ the people, mostly geisha, she lived with and learning about what life is generally like for them.

This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are lucky. The pen is mightier abroad. Feb 09, Megan rated it it was amazing. At the same time, geisha are the most Japanese of Japanese. The ideal of artistic achievement and feminine allure that they represent is deeply rooted in Japan.

Wow, is it too much to expect for an American woman to be able to do all these things? This account of her unique experience provides an intimate look into a feminine community that has been the subject of rumor and fantasy for centuries in the West. Loza for telling us about the problem.

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! Want to Read saving…. This book was amazing! A pity though that the book was written in Everything I ever wanted to know is in this book. One cannot even marry and be a geisha. Saturday 29 December Putting on the Ritz.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

Views Read Edit View history. It’s a fascinating memoir, historical document, and anthropological work. I’ve read several books on the subject. I actually stumbled upon this in a used bookstore–there was a 2 for 1 sale, I figured that this looked interesting, and it came home with me as my free book. Did she find debuting under such intense scrutiny difficult? Dalby even gets the capital of Japan wrong once in the feudal era too. It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research.


Does anybody go to cocktail parties? Are they being protected, or are they protecting the world? But they are expected to learn it by watching their older sister geisha and seeing how they behave.

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Apr 10, Kelsey McKim rated it really liked it. Her knowledge of Japanese culture, both inside and outside that of the Geisha community, is extensive and comes from many years of being immersed in that culture. She performed at ozashiki without charging money, and, from the experience, dqlby friendships dwlby relationships geisna geisha in the district.

Liza Dalby, an anthropologist, was the first westerner to be accepted and trained as a geisha and this resulting book is her dissertation on the subject. When did she first begin to study the l Liza Dalby apparently became a geisha for a few months in aboutfor her anthropology grad work. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure.

Liza Dalby brings so much information and personal experience to this anthropological study of Geisha. A criticism of liberals that Lizx hear a lot is that actually they talk about how inflexible conservatives are, etc. She claims the concept has affected her sense of time. A facinating read by Liza Dalby, the only foreigner to have ever become a geisha.