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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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.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn’t. Ho chiuso il libro con una sensazione amara. 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.

Preview — Geisha by Liza Dalby. Feb 21, Erin rated it it was amazing. Her biggest surprise during her time in Japan was discovering how outspoken and independent geisha are. The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four chapters of the book, which cover a good deal of history, and ignored the rest, which is more of a personal accounting of Dalby’s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller towns. This is her unique insight into the extraordinary, closed world of the geisha, a world of grace, beauty and tradition that has long fascinated and enthralled the West.


Liza Dalby studied geisha life as an anthropologist, and by living as a geisha.

Does it haunt you? I like this much, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic.

Dalby also touches on Kimono etiquette and what colours or patterns are appropriate in certain seasons. The explanations and insights into this subculture are fascinating and help clarify details of Japanese culture that I had not understood before.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

It’s a world about which there are many rumours and misunderstandings, and Dalby does a good job of sorting these things out. Inshe returned to Japan for a year to research the geisha community, as part of her anthropology fieldwork.

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.

Retrieved July 13, 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. The only thing that bothered me about the book was that at times luza felt like she was taking pains to tell us what an awesome geisha she had been.

A came out of reading it was a greater understanding adlby the saintly origins of Valentine’s Day.

So, records of ‘how it was’ are worth exploring. As their popularity geusha, geisha gradually became society’s fashion arbiters, and their sophisticated style had a great impact on the arts, music, and literature of nineteenth-century Japan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Geisha Girl Anthropologist Liza Dalby deconstructs a favorite male fantasy. Every detail is written about and it is definately one of the best books i’ve read about concerning geisha – and it was even written by a non-Japanese.

Liza Dalby

Although primarily a look at the various Geisha communities opperating in Japan Dalby also makes observations on other aspects of the culture as they relate A fascinating insight dalbj Japanese culture and the world of Geisha society. Especially in Berkeley, I find people are often a little bit rigid with their own points of view.

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Well, no, not negative. Oh, you know, I think probably the most important thing is just to cut other people some slack. May valby, T. Japanese culture isn’t really built on a set of inflexible rules, not much more than other cultures anyway. Dalby talks about geisha via her personal narrative so sometimes we lea Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes. 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.

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To view it, click here. Refresh and try again. Women Ethnic Studies Sociology Sociology: It also gives an explaination about the fact that people from West Europe, America often treat geishas as exclusive prostitutes, which is very untrue. Published Dalbg 1st by University of California Press first published With its fascinating story of characters caught up in a world they themselves don’t understand, Hidden Buddhas may well be Liza Dalby’s best work yet.

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