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Two Osaka Maiko with Toy Dogs 1920s. Over-exposed and slightly out of focus, but still a delightful postcard from around the 1920s or 30s.

Two Osaka Maiko with Toy Dogs 1920s. Over-exposed and slightly out of focus, but still a delightful postcard from around the 1920s or 30s.

All sizes | Maiko Hatsuko and Friends 1920s | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

All sizes | Maiko Hatsuko and Friends 1920s | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hangyoku carrying a Furoshiki 1930

Hangyoku carrying a Furoshiki 1930 Ѯ This postcard shows a Hangyoku (Young Geisha) carrying a Furoshiki (wrapping cloth) in her mouth, with some of her belongings wrapped inside.

Geisha Aihachi of Nagasaki, 1890s, Nagasaki, Japan.  "In this photograph, Aihachi is wearing a superb Yukata (Cotton Kimono) with a Hagoromo (Celestial Feather Robe) motif. The Maruyama district has long been known for its fabulous kimonos. A famous saying in Old Japan was: “I wish I could have a beautiful courtesan of Shimabara [Kyoto] with the dashing spirit of a Yoshiwara [Edo] woman, wearing the gorgeous apparel of Maruyama [Nagasaki], at a sumptuous ageya of Shinmachi [Osaka]

Geisha Aihachi of Nagasaki, 1890s, Nagasaki, Japan. "In this photograph, Aihachi is wearing a superb Yukata (Cotton Kimono) with a Hagoromo (Celestial Feather Robe) motif. The Maruyama district has long been known for its fabulous kimonos. A famous saying in Old Japan was: “I wish I could have a beautiful courtesan of Shimabara [Kyoto] with the dashing spirit of a Yoshiwara [Edo] woman, wearing the gorgeous apparel of Maruyama [Nagasaki], at a sumptuous ageya of Shinmachi [Osaka]

Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo). An oiran was valued not only for her beauty and charm, but also her wit, knowledge, and skill in traditional Japanese arts. Their dress often consisted of layers of ornate kimono and extremely elaborate hairstyles, with one distinguishing feature being an obi tied at the front of the body rather than at the back. Though there are no longer any oiran left in Japan because of laws. #makeup #hair #japan…

Oiran (花魁) - Oiran were the highest class of courtesans in Edo (now known as Tokyo). An oiran was valued not only for her beauty and charm, but also her wit, knowledge, and skill in traditional Japanese arts. Their dress often consisted of layers of ornate kimono and extremely elaborate hairstyles, with one distinguishing feature being an obi tied at the front of the body rather than at the back. Though there are no longer any oiran left in Japan because of laws. #makeup #hair #japan…

https://flic.kr/p/aFkDWA | Maiko Tomeko adjusting her Bira-kan 1930s | Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) Tomeko, wearing what looks like a Himawari (Sunflower) Kanzashi, during the late 1920s or early 1930s.

https://flic.kr/p/aFkDWA | Maiko Tomeko adjusting her Bira-kan 1930s | Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) Tomeko, wearing what looks like a Himawari (Sunflower) Kanzashi, during the late 1920s or early 1930s.

This 1880s studio pose of a lovely Japanese girl is by photographer KIMBEI KUSAKABE.  He lists the image as view No. 40 in his 1893 commercial catalog of Japanese photographs.  KIMBEI'S Catalog featured over 1,300 classic views of old Meiji-era Japan. The photos were hand printed under the sun in 8 x 10-inch size or larger, finished off in the darkroom, then hand colored. They were sold mounted, un-mounted, or in large, heavy Albums of 50 to 100 views. They were not cheap.  The…

This 1880s studio pose of a lovely Japanese girl is by photographer KIMBEI KUSAKABE. He lists the image as view No. 40 in his 1893 commercial catalog of Japanese photographs. KIMBEI'S Catalog featured over 1,300 classic views of old Meiji-era Japan. The photos were hand printed under the sun in 8 x 10-inch size or larger, finished off in the darkroom, then hand colored. They were sold mounted, un-mounted, or in large, heavy Albums of 50 to 100 views. They were not cheap. The…

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