Geisha holding her kimono This is a photograph of a beautiful Geisha standing outside of an Okiya or Geisha House. The decoration on her kimono appears to show a woman travelling in a Kago or Palanquin, carried by bearers.
Maikos with doll. Under Old Japan's patriarchal system, young girls, the lowest ranking humans, were sold by their families to the "pleasure quarters." Pleasure for the male clients. Misery for the female inhabitants.