Geisha of Kameido 1910s
Kameido is an area of Tokyo famous for its wisteria flowers, which bloom in May each year. Here, large trellises of wisteria trees are built over a pond situated to one side of the Tenjin Shrine.
“The geisha of Kameido are nicknamed the Kuaumochi Bijin (Belle of Arrowroot Cake)… a special kind of cake… being a noted product of the quarter of Kameido. The total number of ‘Beauties of the Arrowroot’ are said to be over a hundred in this newly-established kingdom… but here you cannot yet find those super-fine belles that you often meet at the Shimbashi or Yanagibashi Circles [of Tokyo].”
From “The nightside of Japan” by T. Fujimoto, first published in 1914.
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