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Retronaut - Gaijin (non-Japanese) Geisha

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Maiko Hiroko reading a Book 1920s by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr : "Her name is written in kanji on the back of the postcard."

Maiko Hiroko reading a Book 1920s by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr : "Her name is written in kanji on the back of the postcard."

Sadayakko was her stage name as an actress and dancer, derived from a combination of her real name, Sada Koyama, and her geisha name, Yakko. Born in 1871, the twelfth child of a Samurai family, which had fallen into poverty, she was indentured to the Hamada okiya (geisha house) in Tokyo at the age of four. In 1893, after a successful career as a geisha, she retired at the age of twenty-two to marry Otojiro Kawakami, a ‘new wave’ actor and theatrical entrepreneur.

Sadayakko was her stage name as an actress and dancer, derived from a combination of her real name, Sada Koyama, and her geisha name, Yakko. Born in 1871, the twelfth child of a Samurai family, which had fallen into poverty, she was indentured to the Hamada okiya (geisha house) in Tokyo at the age of four. In 1893, after a successful career as a geisha, she retired at the age of twenty-two to marry Otojiro Kawakami, a ‘new wave’ actor and theatrical entrepreneur.

The geiko (geisha) Naokazu dressed as the 13th century writer Madame Fujiwara-Tameie (Abutsu Ni) in the Jidai Matsuri, one of the three big festivals of Kyoto.

The geiko (geisha) Naokazu dressed as the 13th century writer Madame Fujiwara-Tameie (Abutsu Ni) in the Jidai Matsuri, one of the three big festivals of Kyoto.

FIBONACCI KIMONO -- A Young Geisha Wears a Kimono Pattern Ahead of its Time by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. Ca.1880s-90s. This is not your standard Kimono design. Drawing and cutting the paper stencils made from the wood and bark of the Mulberry Tree must have taken great patience, and show the skill of the unknown artist. The Japanese artist's use of these patterns based on the "Fibonacci Number" mathematics reflected in nature, predate Dutch artist M.C. ESCHER'S use of the same natural forms

FIBONACCI KIMONO -- A Young Geisha Wears a Kimono Pattern Ahead of its Time by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. Ca.1880s-90s. This is not your standard Kimono design. Drawing and cutting the paper stencils made from the wood and bark of the Mulberry Tree must have taken great patience, and show the skill of the unknown artist. The Japanese artist's use of these patterns based on the "Fibonacci Number" mathematics reflected in nature, predate Dutch artist M.C. ESCHER'S use of the same natural forms

COLORFUL GEISHAS GRAFITTI - The creations of anglais street artist HUSH, mixing techniques of collage, graffiti, stencil, painting and drawing with talent in a world populated by Japanese geisha, dressed in this colorful mix that characterizes painted walls… The result is simply beautiful.

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COLORFUL GEISHAS GRAFITTI - The creations of anglais street artist HUSH, mixing techniques of collage, graffiti, stencil, painting and drawing with talent in a world populated by Japanese geisha, dressed in this colorful mix that characterizes painted walls… The result is simply beautiful.

LONG HAIRED BEAUTY OF OLD JAPAN -- The Transformation of a Geisha from East to West by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

LONG HAIRED BEAUTY OF OLD JAPAN -- The Transformation of a Geisha from East to West by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

"Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class."  It's not really geeky but I pinned it because it's awesome.

"Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class." It's not really geeky but I pinned it because it's awesome.

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