GEISHA LIZA DALBY PDFJuly 3, 2020
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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In this classic best-seller, Liza Dalby, the only non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider’s look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite.
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Her new preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of tradition as Japan heads into the 21st century. Paperbackpages. Published October 1st by University of California Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Geishaplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Feb 11, Robert Beveridge rated it liked it Shelves: And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn’t. But I kept reading anyway.
The show’s material came, for the most part, from the first four chapters of the book, which cover a good d [Note: 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 personal accounting of Dalby’s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller towns. 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.
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 on paper in an easy-to-understand form. 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. Dalby adresses the paradox that the women considered the most servile in Japan are also those with the most freedom, and by the time the book is finished it’s no longer a paradox, really.
Dalby takes the reader through the world of geisha, its history, its context, and most importantly the outside world’s misconception of it. All is explained in such a way as to be easily absorbed, Not in the lzia of “classic” anthropological works at da,by. Which is a good thing. Absorbing, a quick read, new stuff to be learned, how can you go wrong? I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession.
I appreciated that she wrote not only about Kyoto. 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. Japanese culture I liked the author’s approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn more about the profession.
Japanese culture isn’t really built on a set of inflexible rules, not much more than other cultures anyway. Feb 09, Megan rated it it was amazing. I’ve been an enthusiast of Japan geishw the Japanese culture since a young age, so Geisha by Liza Dalby was perhaps unsurprisingly an incredibly engaging and illuminating read for me.
I knew a lot of the information she addressed going in, but many of the technical aspects of the lifestyle and calby traditions she discussed were new to me. It was also one of my first encounters with anthropological literature, which turned out to be a great mixture of raw informative and personal accounts.
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. Undeniably, geisha is a subject that has been greatly misconceived by the American culture since World War II. Many today still believe that they are merely glorified prostitutes; a subject that Liza thoroughly addresses in her book with pictures and descriptions of practices between the two.
From the greatly discussed mizuage that appears in Arthur Golden’s book, Memoirs of A Geishato the sisterhood apparent in geisha houses; from the rituals and tea ceremonies to the dress and training a maiko undergoes, Liza Dalby gives an unprecedented look at a subculture that, until her time, was unknown. And while the information may be a little outdated now, the historical validity and interest factor is definitely there. This book was amazing! I learned yeisha many new things, and I loved all of the pictures.
Liza Dalby brings so much information and personal experience to this anthropological study of Geisha. It makes me wish that I could have also experienced what she was able to. Highly recommend if you are at all interested in this subject. Anyone who is fascinated by geisha, Japan, history or ilza cultures. This book was brilliant. Dxlby loved how Liza wrote about the history of Geisha in Japan and every tiny detail of the things in their life – Kimono and liz it is worn, why it is worn, the way it is worn, the colours that are worn and why.
Every lizx is written about and it gdisha definately one of the best books i’ve read about concerning geisha – and it was lizw written by a non-Japanese.
It has aspects of her time as a geisha, but it wasn’t too autobiographical. It forcussed mainly on geisha arts and c This book was brilliant. It forcussed mainly on geisha arts and customs itself – without being too historical.
She put an intimate approach to the way she talked about the facts of geisha. A very highly recommended read for anybody who is as fascinated by geisha as I am, or just Japan or other cultures in general. Oct 07, Regina Ibrahim rated it really liked it. Read this one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha. Then you can stop reading about Geisha This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are lucky.
Liza gave an extensive view of an interesting and fascinating world of being being a Geisha. Music, Poetry and the art of entertaining. May 30, Cherese rated it really liked it. In it, Dalby examines the history and many aspects of geisha life such as dress, ritual practice, initiation, shamisen playing and zashiki geisha parties. The style of the book is written in a quite a personal manner, and reads somewhat like a novel.
Some could argue that this diminishes the scholarly value, but it is easy to see how well it serves to draw the reader into the world of geisha. It seems more honest to take away any pretence that there is no bias on gdisha part of the author; the reader can clearly perceive the anecdotal nature of the study. Not only are geisha accomplished in arts such as song and dance, but they must also be proficient in the art of conversation and knowledge.
In fact it is one of the few instances in Japan in which a girl child is favoured over having a son. Dalby shows that in Japan, wives have little power or economic base of their own. Neither can wives have lovers. On the other hand geisha can be with who they please and are not usually tied down by family commitments or children. They can earn their own money, especially if they end up owning a bar or teahouse. A wife must be demure and stay at home whereas a geisha is worldly, and has the opportunity to be involved in many social situations with some dalgy the most important people in Japan.
Geisha are free in many ways that the average Japanese woman is not. Even geiko and mama-sans the owners of tea houses all are in a business specifically tailored to entertaining men. One cannot even marry and be a geisha. She barely touches on the way in which the powerful patriarchy of Japan limits all women, even those with the most freedom: Apr 10, Kelsey McKim rated it really liked it. Like most other readers I’m guessingI’d read Memoirs of a Geisha before I ever heard of this book.
I actually stumbled upon this in a used bookstore–there was a 2 for 1 sale, I figured that this looked interesting, and it came home with me as my free book. I think this is best to read after Memoirs of a Geisha because then potential mismatches of culture in the fictional account won’t bother you so much, but you will be intrigued dwlby learn more.
Dalby does a great job of blending Japanese Like most other readers I’m guessingI’d read Memoirs of a Geisha before I ever heard of this book. Dalby does a great job of blending Japanese culture, personal experience, and interviews into a compelling portrait of a very dzlby class of Japanese women.
It’s hard to come away from the book with the same mindset you entered it with from either a Japanese or Western perspective, if Dalby’s explanation of ralby geisha as a somewhat mysterious phenomenon in Japan itself is true. Clear, readable, and interesting nonfiction. May 20, T.
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I like this much, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic. A ‘s sociologist studying Japan’s geisha culture, Liza Dalby presents an calby, nuanced look at the subject. Whether discussing the finer points of tying kimono or handling tipsy customers, Dalby manages geishha craft an engaging, elegant read that is insightful and illuminating.
Part of me had yeisha shaking the feeling that this was still vaguely Orientalist in its orientation, but her I like this much, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic.
Part of me had trouble shaking the feeling that this was still vaguely Orientalist in its orientation, but her research is good and her writing sympathetic and well-stated.