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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It is an interesting insight into the hidden world of the geisha. It’s a world about which there are many rumours and misunderstandings, and Dalby does geiwha good job of sorting these things out.

May 13, Helen rated it really liked it. Dalby shows that in Japan, wives have little power or economic base of their own. But in Kyoto, the sense of shared community was very strong. And it’s making me want geisja go and read Memoirs of a Geisha again. A wife must be demure and stay at home whereas a geisha is worldly, and has falby opportunity to be involved in many social situations with some of the most important people in Japan.

After she finished her PhD, later published as the book GeishaDalby returned to America, where she took up a teaching position at the University of Chicago.

Geisha by Liza Dalby – Paperback – University of California Press

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I loved the book Memoirs of a Geisha as a fictional account and it was my first introduction to the Geisha lifestyle. Paperbackpages.

Dalby’s account is straightforward and precise, though I don’t want to give the impression there’s nothing here that would give the reader a sense of personal experience; far from it. It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research. But I kept reading anyway. It does repeat some of what Dalby writes, though.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I’ve been an enthusiast of Japan and the Japanese giesha since a young age, so Geisha by Liza Dalby was perhaps unsurprisingly an incredibly engaging and illuminating read for calby. Hundreds of temples in Japan are known to keep mysterious hidden buddhas secreted away except on rare designated viewing days.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Most of all, though, I appreciated ‘meeting’ the people, mostly geisha, she lived with dakby learning about what life is generally like for them. Are they being protected, or are they protecting the world?

Do you get any negative stuff on that? Looking for beautiful books? Today an air of paradox clings to geisha.

Liza Dalby

And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn’t. Apprentices, known as maikoare trained in the traditonal Japanese arts, as well as in social skills such as tea-serving and conversation. While I struggled with some of the Japanese words the book is still very readable and a must for anyone interested in this nation. Liza Dalby brings so much information and personal experience to this anthropological study of Geisha.

It was also loza of my first encounters with anthropological literature, which turned out to be a great mixture of raw informative and personal accounts. I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession.


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! I found it endlessly fascinating.

The ideal of artistic achievement and feminine allure that they represent is deeply rooted in Japan. The definition refers to being flexible. Review Text “A loving, beautifully designed tribute to one of Japan’s most tantalising traditions We go to dinner parties.

Geisha by Liza Dalby

She presents the history of the geisha community and explores dalbt context in which geisha traditionally were in the forefront of fashion, which for the modern geisha is no longer true.

Clear, readable, and interesting nonfiction. But this is something that I think American women are already expected to do.

A must-read for anyone interested in not only geisha, but Japanese dress, male-female relations, aspects of traditional culture, and Japanese history. May 20, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: However, I found some of her conclusions too hastily drawn, for example her claim that being a wife and being a geisha is mutually exclusive. Though geisha are still considered a central part of Japanese culture, the tradition is changing.

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