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 is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to learn about the geisha of Japan, written by someone who has first-hand experience. Oh, you know, I think probably the most important thing is just to cut other people some slack.

Apprentices, known as maikoare trained in the traditonal Japanese arts, as well as in social skills such as tea-serving and conversation. I knew a lot of the information she addressed going in, but many of the technical aspects of the lifestyle and the traditions she discussed were new to me. But this is something that I think American women are already expected to do.

As the Japanese economy has boomed, less and less young women see becoming a geisha as an attractive career choice, and some okiya struggle to recruit apprentices.

Retrieved July 13, It does repeat some of what Dalby writes, though. While I struggled with some of the Japanese words the book is still very readable and a must for anyone interested in this nation. Women Ethnic Studies Sociology Sociology: In the text, Dalby mentions dreaming lizs being the Margaret Mead of geisha.

Does it haunt you? In dalhy, Dalby examines the history and gejsha aspects of geisha life such as dress, ritual practice, initiation, shamisen playing and zashiki geisha parties. Refresh and try again. I like this much, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic. I picked this book up in a second hand shop; unaware at the time of the book or gwisha author I was expecting a novel. The reader must remember that this was researched in the 70s, so for an updated look at the geisha at the turn of the century refer to Lesley Downer’s book, Women of the Pleasure Quarters.


So we somehow managed to communicate and she was just dalb nice to me. As a high school student, Dalby visited Japan in a student exchange program; there she learned to play the shamisen.

Becoming a geisha is a notoriously long and difficult process. So, records of I read this book while living in Japan before “Memoirs of a Geisha” was published.

geisga The Best Books of I think the most interesting parts are when Ms. And what they all say is [that] the geisha are so nice. 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. Dalby even gets the capital of Japan wrong once in the feudal era too.

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Geisha daalby followed by a book about kimonocalled Kimono: This way of life is dying since younger women aren’t interested. Inshe returned to Japan for a year to research the geisha community, as part of her anthropology fieldwork. Geisha by Liza Dalby Goodreads Author. It strikes the perfect balance between travelogue and dissertation–yes, there is plenty of fact and history and pondering of culture, but also plenty of humor, tragedy, and personal experience which serves to lighten the whole piece.

Geisna are descriptions of ceremonies, status levels in The Flower and Dapby World, t 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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A Memoir through the Seasonspublished in Waitress in an ice cream parlor American idol? Read this one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha. Many in Japan believe that after the world ends, the Buddha of the Future will appear and bring about a new age of enlightenment.

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They can earn their own money, especially if they end up dalbu a bar or teahouse.

Japanese culture isn’t really built on a set of inflexible rules, not much more than other cultures anyway. Feb 21, Erin rated it it was amazing. When did she first begin to study the language? According to esoteric Buddhist theology, the world is suffering through a final corrupt era. I learned so many new things, and I loved all of the pictures. It’s a fascinating memoir, historical document, and anthropological work. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Though geisha are still considered a central part of Japanese culture, the tradition is changing. Heisha are trained in the respected arts of classical music and dance.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

Her first book, Geishawas based on her early research. Do you get any negative stuff on that? Published October 1st by University of California Press first published I know, I know. Liza Dalby does a good job of exploring the state of the geisha in early s Japan, and giving enough historical context to both show the transformation the role was going through at that time and that, to a certain extent, it has always been in a state of transformation.

Liza Dalby as a geisha. A well researched book into the floating world of the willow.