THE GRACEFUL CURVES AND FLOWING FORM OF A YOUNG JAPANESE MAIKO IN KIMONO, DRAPING HER SLEEK PERFECTION OF LOVELINESS OVER A RAILING BY THE KAMO RIVER, AS GOLDFISH SWIM AROUND HER OBI
Please excuse the short title of this photo...it was three times longer before I edited it down ~ !
ENLARGED PHOTO : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3553336430/sizes/o/
Although she is a Maiko, she already has the more serious poise and demeanor of a Geisha. Other photos of Maiko usually seem to portray a more youthful (sometimes even childish) and "giddy" demeanor such as seen here :
Flickr member Noel43 tells us in one of the comments below, ".....Her name is Michiko. She was born in 1916 as a daughter of a Geisha, and became Maiko at age of 13. In chapter VII [of Liza Dalby's book GEISHA] there is short bio of Michiko and her two friends. It seems they were quite popular at the time and were even called 'great trio of Pontocho'........"
Here you can see TWO MORE Maiko images taken from one of these same Kamo River verandas, though not the exact spot as above. They are in the SHOW ME THE OBI ! set :
TO ALL MAIKO AND KIMONO EXPERTS HERE ON FLICKr !!!!
PLEASE TELL THOSE OF US WHO DO NOT KNOW (Like me, Okinawa Soba), EXACTLY HOW AND WHY THIS RATHER MATURE-LOOKING GIRL IS A MAIKO (IF SHE IS), AND HOW WE CAN KNOW JUST BY LOOKING THAT THIS IS A MAIKO'S KIMONO, and NOT THAT OF A GEISHA OR OTHER MATURE WOMAN.
Thanks in advance for your comments on this, because no matter how many times she is being called a MAIKO here, her over-all "look" seems way more "mature".
IMMORTAL GEISHA --- WHERE ARE YOU !!!?
Although identified as a Maiko (and from the neck up, her ornamentation seems like a Maiko), from the neck down, her particular sleek dress and demeanor come across as nothing like the usual as-yet-still-a-child Maiko images on my photostream. Rather, she comes across as a very mature young lady, already into her Geisha years !
To my eyes, this is the most captivating match of a kimono to a body that I've ever seen --- how a woman and her kimono were meant compliment each other.
When worn correctly, the perfectly designed Kimono is more stunning than any Western "Evening Gown" could ever be.
Hollywood movie stars on the red carpet at the Oscars are boring compare to this !
KIMONO NOTE : It continues to be a point of great frustration over the years to look at literally thousands of the most beautiful and exquisite Kimono patterns and designs in all of the old photographs --- while knowing next to nothing about the great artists and embroiderers who transformed the white bolts of silk in to some of the most expensive textile creations in the world.
Okinawa_Soba has about 130 original ISE KATAGAMI kimono stencils from the EDO and MEIJI eras. Cut with fantastic precision into specially prepared sheets of "Mulberry Paper", they are themselves a wonder to behold. Occasionally they are found "signed" with the makers stamp [han], yet none of mine are, the artists seeing them only as an interim means to an end.
A Collection of about 50 examples (not mine) ise-katagami-ma.blogspot.com/
From an original 1920s-30s gelatin silver print. Photographer unknown.
According to the comments below, we should be able to date this almost to the exact year. One of us here will get to that soon enough, I'm sure !
By the way, the river flowing behind her is described here : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamo_River