Miss SAKAE-SAN -- GEISHA WITH VIOLIN (#1 of 2)
What a nice, well-oiled, luxuriant head of hair. I'll bet it would drop down to her waist if she pulled out the pins. I'm posting two pictures of old Meiji-era Geisha posing with violins. Whether or not they could actually play them is beside the point. According to those who know better than I do, her Geisha name is Sakae さかえ Within a few years after Japan opened its ports to the world in the mid 19th Century, the violin is one the the first Western instruments the Japanese took to with…
A beautiful group of Maiko Girls (Apprentice Geisha) dressed for the Miyako Odori (Cherry Dance), sometime around the late 1920s or early 1930s. Maiko Fukiko in the centre and Maiko Tomeko to her lower right.
Two Girls 1905
Although at first glance this image may look like a hand-coloured postcard, it is in fact a coloured collotype, which is a mechanical printing process used before offset lithography. Not much is known about the publisher, S. N. Banshiudo, which operated in Japan between 1905 and 1916, except that they were famous for their coloured collotype postcards. This postcard is signed, 'S' – J. Noguchi, on the reverse.