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"Emptiness, which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness, is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities." —D. T. Suzuki (Painting: "Golden Sun" Japan, Meiji era, 1878) ..*

"Emptiness, which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness, is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities." —D. T. Suzuki (Painting: "Golden Sun" Japan, Meiji era, 1878) ..*

Japan (the Meiji period) ~ unknown photographer 1901 image Geisha travelling by yama kago in Meiji era Japan...

Japan (the Meiji period) ~ unknown photographer 1901 image Geisha travelling by yama kago in Meiji era Japan...

The Geisha Hawaryu -- A Meiji-era Beauty from old Japan. Ca.1910 Hand-colored collotype.

The Geisha Hawaryu -- A Meiji-era Beauty from old Japan. Ca.1910 Hand-colored collotype.

A GAGGLE OF GEISHA -- Kimonos and Faces from Old Meiji-Era Japan by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr.  Besides having some nice, rich tones, this 100-year-old hand colored collotype photo has a slightly shallow depth of field that throws our fine group of ladies into softness as we move toward the back. Nice kimonos for sure --- and a wide range of expressions and feeling being shown here.

A GAGGLE OF GEISHA -- Kimonos and Faces from Old Meiji-Era Japan by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr. Besides having some nice, rich tones, this 100-year-old hand colored collotype photo has a slightly shallow depth of field that throws our fine group of ladies into softness as we move toward the back. Nice kimonos for sure --- and a wide range of expressions and feeling being shown here.

Meiji rain wear- including traditional umbrella and rain-geta (shoes that keep her feet out for the water.)

An entry from smatterings of an aesthetic

Meiji rain wear- including traditional umbrella and rain-geta (shoes that keep her feet out for the water.)

This painting (1860–80s, detail pictured) by Kobayashi Eitaku depicts the legendary figures Izanami and Izanagi stirring the waters with a spear to create the first of the Japanese isles. It was created during the Meiji era, when the government emphasized the deification of Japan's emperor as part of an unbroken imperial line since the nation's legendary beginnings. See the hanging scroll and more #Meiji-era art in "Presenting the New Japan."

This painting (1860–80s, detail pictured) by Kobayashi Eitaku depicts the legendary figures Izanami and Izanagi stirring the waters with a spear to create the first of the Japanese isles. It was created during the Meiji era, when the government emphasized the deification of Japan's emperor as part of an unbroken imperial line since the nation's legendary beginnings. See the hanging scroll and more #Meiji-era art in "Presenting the New Japan."

Dress (robe montante) belonging to Empress Shoken, made in France, Meiji era (1868-1912). Collection of Sugino Costume Museum (link: http://www.costumemuseum.jp/french/collection/j_isho/j152.html#).

Dress (robe montante) belonging to Empress Shoken, made in France, Meiji era (1868-1912). Collection of Sugino Costume Museum (link: http://www.costumemuseum.jp/french/collection/j_isho/j152.html#).

The Geisha HAWARYU -- A Meiji-era Beauty from OLD JAPAN (10) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

The Geisha HAWARYU -- A Meiji-era Beauty from OLD JAPAN (10) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

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