This classic bestseller offers an intimate glimpse into a unique female community. In her account of her experience as the Kyoto geisha Ichigiku, Liza Dalby - the only non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha - reveals the re alities of a world that has long been the subject of rumour and fantas y, and that continues to fascinate Japanese and Westerners alike.
Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha. She is the author of The Tale of Murasaki, Geisha and consulted on Steven Spielberg's film of Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in California with her husband and three children.