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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Dalby never planned to become a geisha herself, but during the course of her research was eventually invited to join a small geisha community lizz Kyoto, where the geisha tradition is sometimes said to have originated.

Open Preview See a Problem? In it, Dalby examines the history and many aspects of geisha life such as dalbt, ritual practice, initiation, shamisen playing and zashiki geisha parties. New York Times Book Review. When did she first begin to study the language? I like this much, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic.

I found the writing a bit disjointed at times and would have preferred the book to have been separated into two different books, the memoirs and the Geisha cultural study. Dalby has written a VERY thorough book covering all aspect of geisha life, yet it’s never dry or boring. The author, known as the geisha Ichigiku, really has a great love and fascination for her subject and it really shows in this book.

A Novel of Karma and Chaoswas published inin which she returns to writing fiction. In the text, Dalby mentions dreaming of being the Margaret Mead of geisha.


Book ratings by Goodreads. In the book, she weaves together experiences from Japan, China and northern California, and “presents a wealth of information”.

In this book, Liza Dalby examines these intriguing women, practitioners of the classical arts of music and dance and unmarried companions to the Japanese male elite. It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research.

Books by Liza Dalby. Her working as a geisha, her experiencing their world, is responsible for the breadth of her understanding” New York Times Book Review “Elegantly balanced The reader must remember that this was researched kiza 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.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

A Memoir through salby Seasonspublished in We visited Kyoto often during our 31 Months there, and Liza’a insight helped inform our experience. A very highly recommended read for anybody who is as fascinated by geisha as I am, or just Japan or other cultures in general. I loved how Liza wrote about the history of Geisha in Japan geosha every tiny detail of the things in their life – Kimono and how it is worn, why it is worn, the way it is worn, the colours that are worn and why.

Saturday 29 December Today an air of paradox clings to geisha. A break from my usual reading, this was a very enjoyable and fairly intimate look into the world of Pontocho’s dapby.

Liza Dalby apparently became a geisha for a few months in aboutfor her anthropology grad work. To view it, click here. Did she find debuting under such intense scrutiny difficult?

But then geishq is always the exception in one’s own life This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat After geiisha, one connection always seemed to lead to another. Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Supplement show more. She followed that with a fictional account of the Heian era noblewoman Murasaki Shikibutitled The Tale of Murasaki. What influenced her decision to study geisha life in particular?


Most of all, though, I appreciated ‘meeting’ the people, mostly geisha, she lived with and learning about what life is generally like for them.

This is one of those “keepers”. In this book, set in modern-day Japan, Paris, and California, she writes a story set against the da,by of the concept of hibutsu secret Buddha statues in Japanese Buddhist temples. I mean, not that I deny it, but I have really spent the last sort of 30 years of my life, after I wrote the book on geisha, trying to move on to other things.

Liza Dalby – Wikipedia

Dalby, an anthropologist by nature as well as trade, has a knack for being able to translate emotion into recognizable speech and get it all down ralby paper in an easy-to-understand form. One cannot even marry and be a geisha.

A Novel of Karma and Chaos explores the karmic connections between Japanese fashion, pilgrimage, dying honeybees, bad girls with cell phones, murder by blowfish, and the Buddhist apocalypse.

Dalby takes the reader through the world of geisha, its history, its context, and most importantly the outside world’s misconception of it.