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The book is neither fully detached and academic, nor purely personal account, and sometimes the mingling of the two is awkward, and frequently it left me wanting more. So, far, I am really appreciating how hard she works to show a balanced, academic viewpoint, and not devolve into overly glorifying shlock about geisha. 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. 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.
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Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

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Geisha by Liza Dalby

Welcome back. Jan 05, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Would women benefit from having males fawn all over them, and engage them in witty conversation, and light their Tiparillos, and pour them white wine spritzers? It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to become a Geisha for her research. After she finished her PhD, later published as the book Geisha , Dalby returned to America, where she took up a teaching position at the University of Chicago. This is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to learn about the geisha of Japan, written by someone who has first-hand experience. This has intruiged me so much that I've also bought her specialist book all about it!
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Liza Dalby

Although primarily a look at the various Geisha communities opperating in Japan Dalby also makes observations on other aspects of the culture as they relate A fascinating insight into Japanese culture and the world of Geisha society. Dalby still frequently returns to Japan for talks and engagements, but says that her home is now America. Expat Directory. As an anthropological study, it is well constructed, and probably reworked for the general public--moving the statistical parts to a separate section etc.
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Terms and Conditions. In fact it is one of the few instances in Japan in which a girl child is favoured over having a son. Also I was amused at how scathing she was about young Japanese girls "playing at being maiko apprentice geisha for a few months" and then dropping out to get married or whatever. Liza Dalby wrote that in cities being popular resorts to spend holidays often existed a category of women that were acting like geishas, but were prostitutes. Read next transsexual fort myers
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