: 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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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Liza Dalby Vital Stats Age: Her new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of tradition as Japan heads into the 21st century. Read gesha one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I have moved on. Apr 10, Kelsey McKim rated it really liked it. In this book, set in modern-day Japan, Paris, and California, she writes a story set against the backdrop of the concept of hibutsu secret Buddha statues in Japanese Buddhist temples. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Geisha by Liza Dalby

She really investigated the life of a Geisha and made it so readable. 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.

Inshe returned to Japan for a year to research the geisha community, as llza of her anthropology fieldwork. From these ancient notions of doom and rebirth comes a startling new novel by the acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki. 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.


May 20, T. Would that be a good thing? Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

Extremely detailed anthropological account of her time there in the late 70’s. The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four chapters of the book, which cover a good d [Note: I think they realize that if they are going to continue as a profession, they must keep the artistic and cultural standards high.

When did she first begin to study the l Liza Dalby apparently became a geisha for a few months in aboutfor her anthropology grad work. Feb 13, Abigailann Abigail rated it really liked it.

A must-read for anyone interested in not only geisha, but Dalhy dress, male-female relations, aspects of traditional culture, and Japanese history.

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. The end result is compulsively readable, half-journal and half-explication, of the widely misunderstood world of geisha and the cultural context to which it belongs– as important to an understanding of what geisha are as a study of the women themselves.


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In explaining the beauty of the paradox of geisha today, she holds up a mirror to the complexities of Japanese culture itself. A well researched book into the floating world of the willow. Dalby has written a VERY thorough book covering all aspect of geisha life, yet it’s never dry or boring. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure.

Feb 21, Erin rated it it was amazing.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. Feb 09, Megan rated it it was amazing. 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.

Dalby explains the differences between a prostitute and a geisha, dlby, with my westernized upbringing there are still some hazy areas. Geisha Girl Anthropologist Liza Dalby deconstructs a favorite male fantasy.

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