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An Osaka Maiko with a Temari Ball 1910s

An Osaka maiko with a temari ball, Japan. Temari or thread balls were originally made from remnants of old kimonos stitched together and used to play children’s games such as hand-ball and.

A Maiko holding an Ichimatsu Doll 1910s    Japanese tradition holds that ningyō (human-like dolls) are imbued with a spirit and they have to be disposed of in a purifying ritual when they are no longer wanted.

A Maiko holding an Ichimatsu Doll Japanese tradition holds that ningyō (human-like dolls) are imbued with a spirit and they have to be disposed of in a purifying ritual when they are no longer wanted.

A Maiko sitting on a Chaise et Canapé 1910s by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr

A Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) sitting on an asymmetrical chaise et canapé (chair and sofa) in the Art Nouveau style. Her headdress and her Handara musubi (half-length Darari knot of her sash) indicate that she is dressed for an odori (dance).

An Osaka Maiko arranging Pampas Grass 1920s (by Blue Ruin1)      “Japanese pampas grass, a typical autumn material, is traditionally arranged when people gather to view the moon (tsukimi) in September.”

An Osaka Maiko arranging Pampas Grass (by Blue “Japanese pampas grass, a typical autumn material, is traditionally arranged when people gather to view the moon (tsukimi) in September.

hawaryu | Geisha Hawaryu dressed as a Bride 1905 A hand-coloured postcard from ...

Geisha Hawaryu dressed as a Bride 1905 A hand-coloured postcard from around…

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