New York. Vintage Books. 1985. Reprint. Stock ID #156419

Black and white line illustrations, monotone photographic illustrations, xix + 347pp, glossary, notes, bibliography, index, page edges starting to brown, a good paperback copy. 21 x 21 cm. "Geisha combines ethnography with a view from the inside. Dalby is a young American anthropologist fluent in Japanese. The only non-Japanese ever accepted by geisha into their special world, she became the geisha called Ichigiku during a yearlong residence in Kyoto. This account of her unique experience provides an intimate look into a feminine community that has been the subject of rumour and fantasy for centuries in the West. In explaining the beauty and the paradox of geisha today, she holds up a mirror to the complexities of Japanse culture itself. She leads the reader to a rich understanding of Japan and one of the most Japanese of all existing institutions." Taken from blurb. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 156419).

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