Geisha: 25th Anniversary Edition, Updated with a New Preface / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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 yetespecially in Kyotohave managed to take advantage of modern developments to maintain their social position with flair.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
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.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION: GEISHA AND ANTHROPOLOGY PREFACE TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION: GEISHA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY PART ONE RELATIONS 1 SISTERS Death of a Geisha The Geisha Family Sons and Lovers The Dance 2 KYOTO Gerald Ford and the Maiko Bonchi Pontocho Reunion The Last Cognac 3 TIES THAT BIND Names Elective Affinity Three Cups Thrice Minarai: Learning by Observation 4 PONTOCHO OF LONG AGO Bridges and Rivers Legal Prostitution The Golden Age Regulation Standardization The ParaJox of Modernity 5 GEISHA RENOVATION Geisha in Rivalry Geisha Are the Navel of Society The Geisha Reader Updating the Geisha Cost Benefit Helpful Hints for the Prudent Geisha Wartime Geisha 6 THE BEGINNING OF THINGS Greetings Ichigiku's Debut My First Banquet The Deflowering Arrangement Food and Drink New Geisha in Town 7 GENERATIONS Setsubun: the Spring New Year Pontocho's Big Three Blind Doves The Little Dragons 8 GEISHA PARTIES The Zashiki The Beer Ceremony Futami, the Little Mother of Dai-Ichi Alone in Gion Dinner Dates Cocktails Versus Oshaku Casual Zashiki PART TWO VARIATIONS 9 THE ELUSIVE GEISHA Flower Wards Geisha and Wives Wives Versus Geisha Service 1O THE RISE OF AKASAKA Blooming in Rivalry Akasaka, Prejudice and Prestige Success, Akasaka Style 11 DOWNTOWN GEISHA The Geisha House Yamabuki A Geisha Lifetime The Art of Having Fun with Geisha No Illusions Cold Cash 12 ART AND LIFE Lady of the Cherry Blossoms The Warp of Morality Art as Life Women Who Become Geisha Geisha Daughters Geisha Brides 13 COUNTRY GEISHA Atami Hot Springs Shallow River A Socially Recognized Profession Ichigiku in Atami PART THREE SENSIBILITIES 14 THREE STRINGS The Shamisen Geisha Musicians Divertimenti The Pull of Three Strings IS GEISHA CHIC The Floating World Iki The Grand Performances Some Prefer Geisha 16 KIMONO The Language of Kimono Kimono Wearers Historical Layers Kimono Schools A Kimono Grammar 17 EXOTICS AND RETROSPECTIVES The Temple of Great Virtue Lanterns Cross-Currents NOTES GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX
What People are Saying About This
"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."Southeast Review of Asian Stds