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Satogiku-dayuu - It was customary for a tayuu (Japanese courtesan) to have two kamuro (child attendants) of about the same age & size, with names that matched in concept & sound, taking their cue from the name of their ane-jōro (elder sister courtesan).

Shimabara Tayû (high ranking courtesan), 1929-1930, Tayûs entertained only the nobility at that time.

Japanese Courtesan procession An oiran refers to a high-ranking courtesan in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara.

古い花魁の写真 vintage oiran photo http://miriamslater.blogspot.com/2011/05/what-oiran-wore.html

Tayuu (highest class of courtesan) - date unkown, Japan. S) -- wondr how long it takes 4 her to even get out the door!

新吉原の花魁 Oiran of Shin-yoshiwara

新吉原花魁道中 (Shin-Yoshiwara Oiran Dōchū) a procession of courtesans. 吉原 (Yoshiwara) was a famous 遊郭 (yūkaku), a red-light district in Edo era, Tokyo, Japan.

Yoshiwara 1910 - Written in English on the back of this postcard is the following: “This distinguished courtesan, has the air & carriage of a ‘grande Dame’, while her clothes are the costliest to be bought, such as only royalty is supposed to afford. She is standing on a bridge balcony to her house which is furnished as elegantly as that of a Queen.”

Oiran standing in front of her residence. Oiran were prostitutes /courtesans (geisha by definition were respected entertainers), but the HIGHEST paid women in all of Japan. It was a coveted position if you were already part of this world.

Tayuu and four Kamuro 1905

Tayuu and four Kamuro 1905 A hand-coloured postcard published by Miyake, Kyoto around

Beautiful picture......Date unknown. Vintage photo. Japan. photographer unknown

Japanese Courtesan procession An oiran refers to a high-ranking courtesan in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara.

新吉原 角海老楼 若紫 「女子姓は勝田。名はのぶ子。浪華の人。若紫は遊君の号なり。明治三十一年始めて新吉原角海老楼に身を沈む。楼内一の遊妓にて其心も人も優にやさしく全盛双びなかりしが、不孝にして今とし八月廿四日思はぬ狂客の刃に罹り、廿二歳を一期として非業の死を遂げたるは、哀れにも亦悼ましし。そが亡骸を此地に埋む。法名紫雲清蓮信女といふ。茲に有志をしてせめては幽魂を慰めばやと石に刻み若紫塚と名け永く後世を吊ふことゝ為しぬ。噫。」

新吉原 角海老楼 若紫 「女子姓は勝田。名はのぶ子。浪華の人。若紫は遊君の号なり。明治三十一年始めて新吉原角海老楼に身を沈む。楼内一の遊妓にて其心も人も優にやさしく全盛双びなかりしが、不孝にして今とし八月廿四日思はぬ狂客の刃に罹り、廿二歳を一期として非業の死を遂げたるは、哀れにも亦悼ましし。そが亡骸を此地に埋む。法名紫雲清蓮信女といふ。茲に有志をしてせめては幽魂を慰めばやと石に刻み若紫塚と名け永く後世を吊ふことゝ為しぬ。噫。」

oiran

oiran during her courtesan parade

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