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An 1890s study of Japanese women [two geisha and a maiko] by K. TAMAMURA of Yokohama, Japan. Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

O-mikuji or Sacred Lots 1910s, Japan. O-mikuji (おみくじ) is a form of divination that relies on random chance to predict the answer to a question. Traditionally, a small box with a slot in one end is shaken until a bamboo stick falls out. The stick has a number that corresponds to a slip of paper on which the fortune is revealed. Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr

“This is one of T. ENAMI’s earliest commercial images, photographed between 1893 and 1895. “ Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

Two Maiko on their way to evening appointments in Kyoto, Japan - 1961

Junior maiko; notice her long kanzashi silk strands. The lanturns have the symbol of one of the geisha districts in Kyoto; Miyagawa-cho.