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Geisha

Author: Liza Crihfield Dalby
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2008]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 25th anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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The author shares her personal experience and knowledge of the life of a Japanese Geisha and how they have been affected by the social and political changes since the mid-twentieth century.
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Named Person: Liza Crihfield Dalby; Liza Crihfield Dalby
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liza Crihfield Dalby
ISBN: 9780520257894 0520257898
OCLC Number: 225871480
Notes: "Updated with a new preface."
Description: xxv, 347 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 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 --
Pontochō reunion --
The last cognac --
3. Ties that bind --
Names --
Elective affinity --
Three cups thrice --
Minarai: Learning by observation --
4. Pontochō of long ago --
Bridges and rivers --
Legal prostitution --
The golden age --
Regulation --
Standardization --
The paradox 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 --
Pontochō's big three --
Blind doves --
The little dragons --
8. Geisha parties --
The Zashiki --
The beer company --
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 --
Service --
10. 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 --
10. 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 --
15. 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.
Responsibility: Liza Dalby.

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The author shares her personal experience and knowledge of the life of a Japanese Geisha and how they have been affected by the social and political changes since the mid-twentieth century.

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