Okuyama Hatsuko & her camera, 1920. (Though there are many pictures floating about of this woman, this is the only name I could find for her, and even that seems to be someone’s guess. Most of her pictures are labeled “Maiko Hatsuko,” or apprentice geisha Hatsuko.)
I love her so much, she’s so gorgeous, and her aura is such a great shade of purple. It was my edit done for my sub blog Vintage Geisha. If you love geisha, vintage or not, head on over and check out my blog!
There’s this book at the library I’m dying to get but I can’t until I get my brand new “adult” library card and pay my wee $0.50 fine. It’s the history of the people of Japan from 1870-1930 in pictures–Japan, specifically Kyoto and Gion.
Which means tons of gorgeously gaudy false-color pictures of Geisha. Yay! The pictures are all glossy, too, and very large. I’ll be copying a lot of them, you can bet. Great screen savors.
I’ve never been too interested in Anime, but I’ve always loved the Japanese culture. Most of it is elaborate and ceremonial, some of it is fucking disturbing and what-the-fuck–but all of it is beautiful.