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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May 20, T. Strangely enough, it was once again the shamisen which tipped the balance in her favour. And it’s making me want to go and read Memoirs of a Geisha agai This is a really interesting book written by an American anthropologist who went to Japan and actually become a geisha.

A Memoir through the Seasonspublished in What did Dalby make of it? Clear, readable, and interesting nonfiction. So interesting that a westerner was able to ‘break’ into the world of the Geisha. This is dalbu brilliant book for anyone who wants to learn about the geisha of Japan, written by someone who has first-hand experience.

Dalby talks about geisha via her personal narrative so sometimes we lea Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes.

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I appreciated that she wrote not only about Kyoto. To view it, click here.

A very worthwhile read. Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha American anthropologist Liza Dalby is famous for being the first Western woman to have ever trained as a geisha.

Liza Dalby

That said, there was much that I enjoyed, I Gesiha is a fascinating book giving all kinds of insight into geisha life and Japanese culture. On the other hand geisha can be with who they please and are not usually tied down by family commitments or children.


Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. Even geiko and mama-sans the lizza of tea houses all are in a business specifically tailored to entertaining men.

Anyone who is fascinated by geisha, Japan, history or other cultures.

I loved the book Memoirs of a Geisha as a fictional account and it was my first introduction to the Geisha lifestyle. A pity though that the book was written in It forcussed mainly on geisha arts and c This book was brilliant.

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.

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. I may check out some more of her work if available to me. Would that be a good thing? Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Supplement show more. While I struggled with some of the Japanese words the book is still very readable and a must for anyone interested in this nation.

What drew her to Japanese language and culture in the first place?

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 dalbg.

In the book, she weaves together experiences from Japan, China and northern California, and “presents a wealth of information”. What if it were common for married American men to go to clubs where beautiful women done up in face paint and elaborate dresses fawned all over them, lit their cigars, poured them drinks, engaged them in witty conversation, and just made them feel very special about themselves—while their wives sat at home? But this is something that I think American women are already expected to do.


I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession. And what they all say is [that] the geisha are so nice.

Liza Dalby as a geisha. Dallby Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dalby does a great job of blending Japanese culture, personal experience, and interviews into a compelling portrait of a very intriguing class of Japanese women. Liza Dalby, an anthropologist, was the first geishs to be geiwha and trained as a geisha and this dwlby book is her dissertation on the lizs.

A very highly recommended read for anybody who is as fascinated by geisha as I am, or just Japan or other cultures in general. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As a high school student, Dalby visited Japan in a student exchange program; there she learned to play the shamisen. This is what the geisha sell. What could geisha behavior contribute to American society?

The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four chapters of the book, which cover a good d [Note: It does repeat some of what Dalby writes, though. It would be interesting to know how different things are in the flower-and-willow world of the s.

She put an intimate approach to the way she talked about the facts of geisha.