Lost Splendor

Past and present by an archives student and new Bostonian. @freifraufitz

"Two Geiko (Geisha) putting the finishing touches to their appearance. It looks like they are wearing Hitoe or "one layer" kimono, an unlined, silk, summer kimono." Japan, 1920s (by Blue Ruin1)

Japan, 1910s via The New York Public Library

Selection of Writing Brushes, Japan c. 1868 via The New York Public Library

Historical Evolution of Style: Japan, Illustrations c.1868-1908 via The New York Public Library

Views of Japan c. Late 19th Century via The New York Public Library

Japan, 1870s via The New York Public Library
Sakkou: Japan, 1920s (by Blue Ruin1)
Onna-Bugeisha: Japan, 19th Century (via Imgur)
"An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi(samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.” via Wikipedia

Onna-Bugeisha: Japan, 19th Century (via Imgur)

"An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese upper class. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi(samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional “housewife” role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes mistakenly referred to as female samurai, although this is an oversimplification. Onna bugeisha were very important people in ancient Japan. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako were all onna bugeisha who came to have a significant impact on Japan.” via Wikipedia

Japan, 1910 (via)
Osaka Geiko Hairstyles, 1910s (by Blue Ruin1)
Tokyo Geisha, c. 1920s (by Blue Ruin1)
Three Maiko [apprentice Geisha], 1929 (by Blue Ruin1)
Riverbank Maiko, Japan c. 1920s (by Blue Ruin1)
Eight Maiko [apprentice Geisha] drinking Sake, Japan c. 1920s  (by Blue Ruin1)

Irezumi: 1937 (by Blue Ruin1)