Tayuu Yagumo of Shimabara 1920s

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    Tayuu Yagumo (or Yakumo) of Shimabara. A hand-coloured postcard from the late 1910s or early 1920s.

    1. rosarote 77 months ago | reply

      Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen an tayuu wearing a big bow like that before.

    2. Blue Ruin 1 76 months ago | reply

      rosarote You often see this much older style of dress being worn by Bunraku puppets.
      Yoshida Bungoro and his Puppets 1930s

    3. fuyou-hime 76 months ago | reply

      From what I understand, wearing a large purple ribbon on the head was a sign in Kabuki theater that the character was insane. I will have to find a source for it though, it was years ago that I heard this.

    4. Blue Ruin 1 76 months ago | reply

      fuyou-hime That's really interesting, this could well be a kabuki related costume, although the caption does seem to identify her as a Tayuu. However, her ribbon may not be purple. See: www.immortalgeisha.com/ig_bb/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=2855

    5. fuyou-hime 76 months ago | reply

      Yes, I think the ribbon wasn't originally purple in either picture. I'll try finding some references to the meanings of different ribbon colors, and I'll also ask my dance teacher what she knows.

    6. fuyou-hime 76 months ago | reply

      I asked my dance teacher, and she said that only the color purple has a specific meaning for the ribbon, and it's the meaning I mentioned earlier. If it's any other color, it's a fashion statement. Granted, the ribbon could still be a kabuki related costume, but it just isn't a reference to an insane character.

    7. Blue Ruin 1 76 months ago | reply

      fuyou-hime Thanks Fuyou-hime!

    8. rosarote 76 months ago | reply

      I think this is the Kanji at the bottom of the postcard: 島原 八雲大夫
      島原=Shimabara
      八雲=Yakumo (???)
      大夫=Tayuu

    9. Blue Ruin 1 76 months ago | reply

      rosarote Oh! Thanks, Rosarote - then she is a Tayuu.

    10. rosarote 76 months ago | reply

      Blue Ruin 1 No problem :) The format (hanamachi/district followed by name) is exactly like postcards I have of Geisha from the same era, so I guess these were made for all of the popular 'bijin.'

    11. XxOiranxX 65 months ago | reply

      Sukeroku wore a purple ribbon, and he seemed a tad eccentric

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