.A geisha's hairstyle was created with wax; it took hours to melt, wash, wax and remold a new hairstyle. Young geishas were punished if they failed to sleep in absolute stillness. Stealing or using someone else's hair ornament was considered a literally filthy thing to do. Wisdom and ability were denoted by the simple styles used by older geisha.

.A geisha's hairstyle was created with wax; it took hours to melt, wash, wax and remold a new hairstyle. Young geishas were punished if they failed to sleep in absolute stillness. Stealing or using someone else's hair ornament was considered a literally filthy thing to do. Wisdom and ability were denoted by the simple styles used by older geisha.

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An 1890s study of young Japanese girls by K. TAMAMURA of Yokohama, Japan.  Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

An 1890s study of young Japanese girls by K. TAMAMURA of Yokohama, Japan. Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

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Can't help but dream of my little hapa girls in full kimono someday-too stinkin' cute!

Can't help but dream of my little hapa girls in full kimono someday-too stinkin' cute!

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Japanese-American child - cultural adherence is a great way of sharing diversity starting from childhood.

Japanese-American child - cultural adherence is a great way of sharing diversity starting from childhood.

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Young woman, Japan, 1981, photographer unknown, published in The Sun magazine issue no. 68.
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Late 1870s to 1880s studio image of a young Japanese girl and her doll. Photographer unknown.  Collodion Emulsion (Wet Plate) Photo on Glass from OLD JAPAN (1) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

Late 1870s to 1880s studio image of a young Japanese girl and her doll. Photographer unknown. Collodion Emulsion (Wet Plate) Photo on Glass from OLD JAPAN (1) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

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