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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Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

Geisha are exotic even in their homeland. No trivia or quizzes yet. A facinating read by Liza Dalby, the only foreigner to have ever become a geisha. One cannot even marry and be a geisha.

A wife must be demure and stay at home whereas a geisha is geissha, and has the opportunity to be involved in many social situations with some of the most important people in Japan.

Biography portal United States portal Japan portal. Avevo aspettative enormi per questo libro This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Dalby has written a VERY thorough book covering all aspect of geisha life, yet it’s never dry or boring.

The style gisha the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel. Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Supplement show more. 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, liaz has always been in a state of transformation.


I especially enjoyed learning more about Japan and its culture, which has always intrigued me, and the chapter on the kimono was a pleasantly engrossing surprise yes, I sew, and therefore should have expected to be so interested, but I digress. The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four chapters of the book, which cover a good d [Note: Dalby is considered an expert in the study of the Japanese geisha community and has acted as consultant to novelist Arthur Golden and filmmaker Rob Marshall for the novel Memoirs of a Geisha and the film of the same name.

So, records of ‘how it was’ are worth exploring. That said, there was much that I enjoyed, I learned a great deal, the images included were excellent, and mostly my problem was that wanted the book to be twice as big and laden with far more detail. 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 geishz accounting of Dalby’s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller towns.

Liza Dalby

This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Japanese culture I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession. I found it endlessly fascinating.

Undeniably I’ve been an enthusiast of Japan and the Japanese culture since a young age, so Geisha by Liza Dalby was perhaps unsurprisingly an incredibly engaging and illuminating read for me. Okay, you go to dinner parties. It sounds like you want to move on from this but you are an expert on this subject. I may check out some more of her work if available to me. Also I was amused at how scathing she was about young Japanese girls “playing at being maiko apprentice geisha for a few months” and then dropping out to get married or whatever.


Oct 07, Regina Ibrahim rated it really liked it. About Liza Dalby Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha.

I enjoyed this far more than ‘Geisha of Gion’, as it was much more insightful about the life of a modern geisha, and covers those outside the Kansai region. It seems more honest to take away any pretence that there is no bias on the part of the author; the reader can clearly perceive the anecdotal nature of the study.

I mean, it seems fine.

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Preview — Geisha by Liza Dalby. Feb 21, Erin rated it it was amazing.

In it, Dalby examines the history and many aspects of geisha life such as dress, ritual practice, initiation, shamisen playing and zashiki geisha parties. 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. One day in the late s, a year-old American girl called Liza Dalby was walking down a street in Saga, a city in southern Japan, when she heard the music of the shamisen for the first time.