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National Geographic June 1976 - "Painstakingly handcrafted to become an heirloom, this doll represents a lion dancer of Kabuki theater." °

  • ***Hilarie ***

    I used this photo in a high school art project, so it is very cool to see it here.

Odori 1928 - A group of Maiko Girls (Apprentice Geisha) dressed for the Miyako Odori (Cherry Dance), sometime around 1928. Maiko Fukiko in the centre and Maiko Tomeko to her lower right. S)

A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake", which are sometimes styled to resemble cypress-slat fans, as here. The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi Festivals that are held in November, throughout Japan. The largest of the Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are in Tokyo.

Geiko Kayo in Winter Dress 1870s. This type of headscarf is called an Okoso-zukin.