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.)
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."