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JAPANESE SWIMSUIT GIRLS - Meiji Era Bathing Beauties of Old Japan (27)

NEWS FLASH --- Okinawa Soba's old Geisha and Maiko BATHING BEAUTIES make the latest issue of the United Kingdom's DAILY MAIL Online News. The Mail had my permission, and "Okinawa Soba" was given due credit for the collection. However, they forgot to provide a link back to the Flickr Set.

 

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263872/The-Japanese-swi...

 

Long Live the Queen ~ !

 

[My daughter spotted the MAIL's posting while surfing the Web. Thanks, Naomi ~ !]

 

♥ FULL SET and MORE DETAILS HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157604130143141...

 

PS : HERE WE GO AGAIN ~ ! environmentalgraffiti.com/news-meiji-era-geisha-pose-swim...

 

Cheers ~ !

  

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ABOVE IMAGE ENLARGED HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2336937010/sizes/o/

 

Her Geisha name is Miss KOMAN.

 

In 1904, out of thousands of Geisha in the Tokyo area, she was considered by Japanese writer and poet YONE NOGUCHI to be one of the top five in popularity, commanding top price to entertain you, and having legions of adoring fans who could only hope to catch a glimpse of her.

 

Part of a Geisha's job was to model for photographers in all kinds of get-ups --- including getting half naked in a tub, dressing like a common housewife or farm girl, and even donning these nice old bathing suits --- all of them to be sold to tourists as album views and postcards.

 

PHOTO NOTE : Hand-colored silver print photo, ca.1905. Repaired and invisibly "watermarked" for posting on Flickr. There is at least one other image of her from this session were she is lying down on the floor of this studio set. The original photo carried no photographer credit, but was possibly taken by K. OGAWA who was also known to have photographed her in her street clothes :

 

KOMAN SITTING ON A BENCH : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3329199959/

 

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/

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Taken on July 29, 2008