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Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:59 pm

Hanaogi:

Hi everyone, I'm new so please be gentle with me. :)

I came across this photo of a young woman wearing komageta. I was under the impression that only Japanese high-ranking courtesans wore komageta like this, but this young woman has her obi tied at the back and doesn't have the ornate hairpins and usual clothing. Did other women wear komageta too?

Thanking you for your help in advance. :D

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Re: Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:00 pm

Ichiemi:

Looks like an Oiran to me, but she isn't dressed in her formal kimono. The hair is a big clue as well. She is also holding a Kiseru in her hand, Tayuu and Oiran used to smoke from them. So I think she is.

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Re: Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:01 pm

ikasan:

Beware of old japanese studio pictures, girls were often hire do dress "like" tayuu/maiko/etc. for the tourist market :wink:

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Re: Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:01 pm

Hanaogi:
Ichiemi wrote:She is also holding a Kiseru in her hand, Tayuu and Oiran used to smoke from them.
Oh my, I've been trying to figure out what she is holding ever since I came across the photo... you have good eyesight (or mine is very bad :oops: ). Of course, a kiseru.

I wondered about the hair, but I've never seen the hair without the dressing before.

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ikasan wrote:Beware of old japanese studio picturs, girls were often hire do dress "like" tayu/maiko/etc. for the tourist market :wink:
Ah, yes, that's a problem.

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Re: Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:03 pm

hibana:

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the front of her hairstyle is real and the back is a fake oiran mage stuck on there for the photo shoot. It's crooked!

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Re: Postcard of young woman wearing komageta

Post by IG Team » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:04 pm

Dr.B:

I have seen several modern and vintage photos of Oiran and Tayuu on ther days off. I believe this is one such image of an Oiran as she has the proper hair.

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