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Postcards from Asia: Vintage Photos of Geisha in 1946 Kyoto

Much of what we know about the fascinating world of the geisha, one of Japan's iconic cultural symbols, come from books and sometimes, documentaries and films. So, we invite you to take step back in time and take a look at some photos from Kyoto, the Japanese capital from the olden days and the center of geisha culture.

If you’ve ever been curious about the lives of geisha back in the days in Japan, the photos below offer a glimpse of what a typical day at work was like for these beautiful women of art, one of Japan’s best known and most fascinating cultural icons. While the black and white photos taken in Kyoto in 1946 do not exhibit the colorful details in the traditional garbs and accessories of the geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha), they do show us scenes that are perhaps rare even in modern-day Japan.

What do you think of these photos of the beautiful geisha at work in Kyoto, Japan’s old capital, from way back in 1946? Share your insights with a comment below!

written by plasticpopsicle

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  1. retro-girl

    retro-girl

    I collect vintage kimono and have a couple of more modern geisha items. I have to say, they weigh a ton compared to an average woman's kimono. These girls were strong to carry all the weight and look elegant doing so.

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This is the original article written in: English. It is also available in: 中文(繁體版) & 中文(繁體版).