Vintage japanese

Collection by Holly Chuda

Holly Chuda

19th century man in Japan

19th century portrait of an unknown man, by an unknown photographer, Japan

The Kimono Gallery

One woman putting an obi on another. Circa 1876, Japan, by photographer Kozaburo Tamamura.

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).

Antique Family Album

More pictures scanned from my mother-in-law's photo albums here in Kofu. This group is from my father-in-law's side of the family.

The Kimono Gallery

gaaplite: “ 2016 舞妓 宮川町 菊咲奈さん 2016 maiko, Miyagawacho, Kikusana ”

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


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,...

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Maiko postcard-Say cheese

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A MAIKO AND HER DOLL (by Okinawa Soba) “ Circa 1920s photo by the MURASE STUDIO of Tokyo. ”


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 : For the MOTHER LODE of T. Enami photographs here on the Web --- all CC rated for your creative use --- see this Flickr collection : RANDOM SOBA :

Young Japanese maiko in kimono. From an original 1920s-30s gelatin silver print. Photographer unknown. [666x1024]

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Maiko Chikayuu 1930s

She appears in the 1939 Miyako Odori (Cherry Dance) programme. I like the Itomaki (thread spool) pattern on her naga-juban (inner kimono).

Around a Lacquer Table 1926

Four late Taishō period (1912-1926) maiko (apprentice geisha) from Kyoto, from left to right: Suzuei, Sanchō, Hiroko and Hastsuko.