Pensive Maiko 1920s
This photographic postcard has a wonderful composition and a deft use of light and shadow. The organic form of the tree branch seems to echo the Maiko girl’s posture. Possibly Suzuei (鈴栄) Bell-ring Prosperity, from around 1926, definitely a contemporary of Hatsuko and Hiroko as maiko (apprentice geisha).
Photographs of Japanese Customs and Manners by K. Ogawa, Meiji 31 (1898), 50 Color Collotype Plates
Photographs of Japanese Customs and Manners by K. Ogawa, Photographer, Tokyo, Japan, 50 plates, 1898
GEISHA FIXING THEIR HAIR
The Geisha are real. Mt. Fuji is Fake. Notice how the photographer was careful to include the pouch of hair-dressing tools in the picture. If you have the "ALL SIZES" button above the image, perhaps you can see them more closely. In this 1870s-80s image, my eye is caught by the attractive "little waves" in the hair of the seated girl.
The Kimono Gallery
Maiko wearing Black Crested Kimonos 1930s. As there is a New Year’s decoration above the doorway these maiko (apprentice geisha) may be assembled for the commencement ceremony (7th January). However,...
TWO MAIKO ABOUT TO EMBARK ON A SERIOUS BRUNCH in OLD JAPAN
Looking at the the girl on the left, I am impressed by the subtle tones and artistry of the leaves adorning her Kimono. For more on the photographer T. ENAMI see : www.t-enami.org/ For the MOTHER LODE of T. Enami photographs here on the Web --- all CC rated for your creative use --- see this Flickr collection : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388... RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/