Synopses & Reviews
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 companions to the Japanese male elite. A new preface examines how geisha have been profoundly affected by the changes of the past quarter century yetand#151;especially in Kyotoand#151;have managed to take advantage of modern developments to maintain their social position with flair.
and#8220;Provides an important window on the arts practiced by geisha, a history of their profession, and their reception in modern Japan through the mid-1970s.and#8221;
"Dalby knows more about the subject than I'll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence."and#151;Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
About the Author
Liza Dalby is the author of East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons (UC Press), The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel, and Kimono: Fashioning Culture.