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Gejsza by Liza Dalby
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May 10, 08


** spoiler alert ** Great look inside world of geishas - women of art, "owners" of those feminine characteristics not considered in Japanese culture as owned or shouldn't been showned by wives like sexiness. Geishas are men's companions, but when they got married, they have to resign from being geisha.

Book explains differences in Japanese views on women taking in consideration their positions like wife, geisha or unmmaried woman. There are descriptions of ceremonies, status levels in The Flower and Willow World, things that a girl has to learn to become a geisha. It also gives an explaination about the fact that people from West (Europe, America) often treat geishas as exclusive prostitutes, which is very untrue. Geishas are entertainers. Liza Dalby wrote that in cities being popular resorts to spend holidays often existed a category of women that were acting like geishas, but were prostitutes.
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