: Geisha, 25th Anniversary Edition, Updated Edition ( ): Liza Dalby: Books. 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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Geisha Girl Anthropologist Liza Dalby deconstructs a favorite male fantasy. 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? In other words, what if America were to embrace the Japanese geisha culture? Dalby subsequently authored a nonfiction book, Geisha, that was made into the movie, American Geisha, and worked as a consultant on the novel by Arthur Golden and movie, Memoirs of a Geisha.

A married American man going to geisha clubs or whatever. Would that be a good thing?

It would never work here because I think American women are basically expected to be geisha, to do what geisha do, along with all the other things they do. I mean, this is what geisha do. But this is something that I think American women are already expected to do.

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Wow, is it too much to expect for gfisha American woman to be able to do all these things? Bring home the bacon, be a geisha, iron your geishs I mean, it seems fine. What could geisha behavior contribute to American society? This is what the geisha sell. And everything else is trappings. And adlby course, the Western women are very curious.

And what they all say is [that] the geisha are so nice.

So we somehow managed to communicate and she was just so nice to me. But they are expected to learn it by watching their older sister geisha and seeing how they behave. Yeah, I think, for anybody, really, when you think about it, not just women.

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You live in Berkeley. This is your area of expertise.

Does anybody go to cocktail parties? Okay, you go to dinner parties. Do you get any negative stuff on that?

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Well, no, not negative. I think people are always very curious. I geiaha, 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. Does it haunt you? It sounds like you want to move on from this but lizaa are an expert on this subject.

I have moved on. Given what you know about this and just your own life experience, you seem like somebody who has a deep understanding of male-female relationships. Oh, you know, I think probably the most important thing is just to cut other people some slack.


Especially in Berkeley, I find people are often a little bit rigid with their own points of view. I also feel that having had children, that takes the sharp edges off and you either learn to be flexible or you crack.

A criticism of liberals that I hear a lot is that actually they talk about how inflexible conservatives are, etc. And if we can connect that to the geisha, the traditional term for the geisha world is the flower and willow world. The flower being the symbol of beauty, but the willow is this idea of flexibility, not being rigid, and this is how you survive.

The definition refers to being flexible. Would women benefit from having males fawn all over them, and engage them in witty conversation, and light their Tiparillos, and pour dably white wine spritzers? Photos courtesy Gelsha Dalby. Waitress in an ice cream parlor American idol?

Geisha by Liza Dalby

As a writer, John McPhee, because he dives deeply into a subject and he can make you interested in absolutely anything. We go to dinner parties. I know, I know. Liza Dalby Vital Stats Age: