Liza Dalby

Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specializing in Japanese culture. As the only Westerner to have become a geisha, which she did as research for her Ph.D. and her books Geisha and Kimono, she was a consultant for Steven Spielberg'sĀ film adaptation of Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and three children.


  • "The Tale of Murasaki . . . transports its readers to another world."
    Laura Miller,
  • "Luscious, lush and languorously elegant . . ."
    USA Today on The Tale of Murasaki
  • "An engrossing account of a society shrouded by centuries of mystery."
    The San Francisco Chronicle on Geisha
  • "Hidden Buddhas may well be Liza Dalby's best work yet; with its fascinating story of characters caught up in a world they themselves don't understand. Besides taking us on a journey through little-known corners of Japan, it offers us an engaging and believable portrait of people driven to do things they may not have imagined."
    Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha