This postcard shows two Hangyoku (Young Geisha) sitting in an early Automobile. The car is a Colibri (Hummingbird) manufactured by the Norddeutsche Automobil-Werke (North German Auto Works) between 1908 and 1912.
This weekend a special event took place, so we’ll be looking at that!
The Tōzai Odori (東西をどり) takes place on the last Saturday of August at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. It features the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu in Kyoto and the geisha and hangyoku of Shimbashi in Tokyo. It was founded in 2010 and has become an annual event ever since.
Tickets are not cheap though as they cost 30,000 yen each (around $300 USD)! There are 4 performances in a single day, so it’s a very busy event for all involved ^^
A young geisha, probably from Tokyo, holding a Japanese Chin puppy. In the late Meiji period, it was still common practice for young girls to have all their facial hair, including their eyebrows, shaved off.
Newly debuted Maiko Mamekoma-san and Maiko Mamechika-san performing at Gion Corner. Mamechika-san seems to be a regular performer there~ I want to point out the love I have not only for her Hiki but for her obi which is decorated with feathers in gold against red! I also adore her Kanzashi which has bira-bira (thin metal strips) Tucked behind the shidare~
These two are a very cute pair. I hope we see more of them dancing together!
All credit goes to Marco Alessi on Deviantart. Here’s the original source!