Memorial Service for Old Needles 1916 por Blue Ruin 1 Por Flickr: A vintage postcard based on a painting by Kotani (Yoshioka) Chigusa entitled Harikuyō 針供養 (memorial service for old needles), for which she won the Bunten Prize in 1915. The painting itself was inspired by a famous photograph of maiko (apprentice geisha) Koyachiyo of Osaka, who was also known by the name Yachiyo II.
The memorial service for old needles is performed on either 8th December or 8th February each year, depending on the region, to show gratitude for any needle that has been bent or broken during the year. In temples and shrines around Japan, needles are stuck into tofu and later buried, as a prayer of thanksgiving for good housekeeping.
“A photograph of Tondaya Koyachiyo from the Osaka geisha district of Sō-emon-chō (Nanchi) was the basis of this artwork.”
Pampas Grass Kanzashi 1910s by Blue Ruin 1 Via Flickr: Maiko (apprentice geisha) Yachiyo II of Osaka wearing a pampas grass hana-kanzashi (flower hairpin) denoting autumn, paired with a dark rō (silk gauze) kimono with flowers and autumn grasses.