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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.” S)

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.

Two Maiko on their way to evening appointments in Kyoto, Japan - 1961 Photography by Burt Glinn

Una casa per perdere la testa - Interior Break

Una casa per perdere la testa - Interior Break