Japanese wedding outfit: photo by Sgt.Steiner. Locals in Misawa, Japan, dressed me up in a similar wedding kimono and I still have the picture, complete with white face makeup!

Japanese wedding outfit: photo by Sgt.Steiner. Locals in Misawa, Japan, dressed me up in a similar wedding kimono and I still have the picture, complete with white face makeup!

Photo of Yoshiwara courtesan Komurasaki, Taisho period. Japan.

Photo of Yoshiwara courtesan Komurasaki, Taisho period. Japan.

thekimonogallery: 1920’s, Japan. “The maiko [apprentice geisha] and geiko [geisha] have two sets of ceremonial crested kimono one for winter, the other for summer… The maiko’s kimono, which is of winter weight, plus all its accessories, weighs almost twenty kilograms [forty-four pounds], which may be half what she weighs herself, not surprisingly, it takes some time to get accustomed to it.”. From “Geisha: a living tradition” by Kyoko Aihara, first published 1999

thekimonogallery: 1920’s, Japan. “The maiko [apprentice geisha] and geiko [geisha] have two sets of ceremonial crested kimono one for winter, the other for summer… The maiko’s kimono, which is of winter weight, plus all its accessories, weighs almost twenty kilograms [forty-four pounds], which may be half what she weighs herself, not surprisingly, it takes some time to get accustomed to it.”. From “Geisha: a living tradition” by Kyoko Aihara, first published 1999

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