You can see another nice variant image from the same photoshoot at Naomi no Kimono Asobi's photostream here : www.flickr.com/photos/kimonoasobi/3384031500/
This is a nice studio image of a Geisha named EIRYU, who along with so many others, made fortunes for the owners of the Geisha Houses, photographers, and the postcard-sellers who peddled huge amounts of their photographs to both native and tourist alike. Photos such as this, with odd or unique content would always catch the eye.
The snow shovel is interesting, as well as the cultural take on what a "snowman" was in old Japan -- formed after the ubiquitous and ever-popular DARUMA dolls.
Of course, the snow is just more summertime "special effects" using cotton fluff -- or whatever it was that they stuffed the FUTON with in those days. Notice the high stilts of her GETA "shoes" to keep her feet dry as she shovels snow. But seriously, do you think that a Geisha girl will be out shoveling snow in THIS beautiful get-up and hair-style, while clearing a path to the Geisha House for her customers?
Hmmmm. That Kimono. It looks like one stage in an M.C. Escher print that was still yet to come. Perhaps a few of the birds on her Kimono got tired of waiting, and eventually flew right into the THIRD PANEL of Echer's METAMORPHOSIS print -- made about thirty years after this photo was taken. www.globalgallery.com/prod_images/esc-e33.jpg
Ca.1900-10 late Meiji-era photograph by an unknown Japanese photographer.
RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/