OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

Old Photos of Japan
shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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1890s • Hairdresser

Hairdresser

A woman dressed in a kimono and facing a mirror has her hair done by a hairdresser. On the floor are tools for hairdressing, especially combs. Many different kinds of combs were used in Japanese hairdressing.

Because women’s hair styles were becoming quite complicated, professional hairdressers for women started to emerge in the latter half of the Edo Period (1603-1868). By the Meiji Period (1868-1912), they came to the housewife’s house some two to three times a week.

To make the elaborate hairstyles possible, women needed to grow their hair extremely long.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number: 70820-0004

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Posted by • 2008-01-02
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