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70130-0003 - Young Japanese Woman in Kimono, 1900s

Tokyo, 1900s
Woman Touching Hairpin

Artist D. Sakurai
Publisher D. Sakurai
Medium Postcard
Period Meiji
Location Studio
Image No. 70130-0003
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A young Japanese woman in kimono and traditional hairstyle is touching her hairpin.

This postcard was published sometime before 1907. During the early 20th century, picture postcards of bijin (beautiful women) were extremely popular in Japan (see Woman with Rose).


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