: 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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Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

It also gives an explaination about the fact geisua people from West Europe, America often treat geishas as exclusive prostitutes, which is very untrue.

Photos courtesy Liza Dalby. A married American man going to geisha clubs or whatever. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure.

Like many of the other reviews say, a better editor would have been beneficial because there are many, many typos throughout the book. Geisha offers intriguing glimpses into Japanese politics, culture and history” show more.

Feb 13, Abigailann Abigail rated it really liked it. I borrowed this book from my co-worker who teaches Japanese. Dalby adresses the paradox that the women considered the most servile in Japan are also those with the most freedom, and by the time the book is finished it’s no longer a paradox, really.


Liza Dalby

Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes. Clear, readable, and interesting nonfiction. Many in Japan believe that after the world ends, the Buddha of the Lizw will appear and bring about a new age of enlightenment.

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As a writer, John McPhee, because he dives deeply into a subject and he can make you interested in absolutely anything. A very worthwhile read. It’s a fascinating memoir, historical document, and anthropological work. This is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to learn about the geisha of Japan, written by someone who has first-hand experience. Especially in Berkeley, I find people are often a little bit rigid with their own points of view.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become lizz Geisha for her research. Dalby never planned to become a geisha herself, but during the course of her research was eventually invited to join a small geisha community in Kyoto, where the geisha tradition is sometimes said to have originated.

And then she went away and wrote her thesis. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have moved on. I read this book while living in Japan before “Memoirs of a Geisha” was published.

Geisha by Liza Dalby

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. It was lucky that they did.

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Descrizioni approssimate, importanti cerimonie e riti solo accennati Which is a good thing. We were fascinted and interested in reading about other westerners’ experiences adjusting to the Japanese cultural.

From the greatly discussed mizuage that appears in Arthur Golden’s book, Memoirs of A Geishato the sisterhood apparent in geisha 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.

Japanese culture I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession. In fact it is one of the few instances in Japan in which a girl child is favoured over having a son. Though geisha are still considered a central part of Japanese culture, the tradition is changing. A very good read. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Strangely enough, it was once again the shamisen which tipped the balance in her favour.