MANY FACES OF GEISHA AND MAIKO
Both "In Character" and out, the Geisha and Maiko were the models behind almost all Studio "Character Studies" and Portraits in old Meiji and early Taisho-era Japan.
During the late Taisho era (1912-26), picture postcards of Takarazuka Girls and Movie Stars began competing with those of the Geisha, but the Geisha clung tight to their photographic place in Japan's world of popular women.
My own photos and sets are primarily of Maiko and Geisha who first bloomed in the Late Meiji-era, and faded in the early years of the Taisho era.
Tokimatsu --- "The Smiling Geisha" --- would be the senior Geisha on display here. She was at her peak of popularity during the 1890s, although her images, given new life when postcards became popular, continued to sell right into the early Taisho era.
The photos you see here were certainly not the end of pretty and popular Geisha. Other collectors pick up where my own photos leave off. Flickr member Naomi no Kimono Asobi has a huge set of a popular Maiko-turned-Geisha named Momotaro, who blossomed in the years after Teruha, Eiryu and Manryu faded from the scene. See Naomi's colorful set of Momotaro images HERE :
Many of my other sets (not seen in this particular collection) contain beautiful images of Geisha and Maiko, such as the SALT PRINT set, SLIDE sets by T. ENAMI and T. TAKAGI, and other categories. However, since they also include many non-Geisha views as well, I have not included them in this "GEISHA and MAIKO" Collection.
If you are insanely fanatic about finding Geisha photos, you can hop over to this collection and dig through to find more :
and this set :
By the way, this is NOT a Geisha : www.japanprobe.com/2008/10/16/japans-first-transsexual-ge...