A look of hangyoku’s hairstyle and makeup by @willowkaori on Instagram
A hangyoku is an apprentice geisha from Tokyo (so, similar to maiko). her look is quite different from Kyoto maiko’s - hangyoku wear wigs shaped in momoware hairstyle (similar to wareshinobu), lighter kimono without a collar (han eri) and obi tied in chidori musubi
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.
“A variation on the “rock, paper, sissors” hand game, played by Geisha and their customers, this particular version of the game was at its most popular from the late Edo period (1820s) to the end of the Meiji period (1910s).
In Kitsune-ken (Fox Fist), two people play, and the match is refereed by a third person. The roles of fox, village headman, and hunter, are symbolised by the hands forming ears (fox), hands on thighs (headman), and hands holding a gun (hunter). The village headman looses to the fox, which bewitches him; the fox looses to the hunter, who shoots him; and the hunter looses to the village headman, who outranks him. In the centre is a prize or forfeit, in this photograph the prize is a porcelain figurine, but it is usually a sake container and a sake cup, the person who loses a game has to take a drink as a forfeit.
Beauty of form and style are an important part of the game for both men and women. The movements are usually accompanied by short, sharp calls such as, one, two, three or Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and the whole is harmonised with music played on the Shamisen” (source)