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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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1920s • Woman Writing Letter

Woman in Kimono Writing

A young Japanese woman in kimono and traditional hairstyle is writing a letter or poem. This postcard was published sometime after 1918. During the early 20th century, picture postcards of bijin (beautiful women) were extremely popular in Japan (see Woman with Rose).

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number 70206-0047

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Duits, K. (2008, March 13). 1920s • Woman Writing Letter, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2021, Oct 26 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/89/woman-writing-letter

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This woman was a geisha in the Shinbashi hanamachi in Tokyo and her name was Hamayuu/ Hawaryuu. For some more info you can check: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157623558388810/

And here you have another photo of Hamayuu in the same bridal kimono: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blue_ruin_1/6324969028

#000589 · Noel · 2015-07-26

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