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70206-0047 - Japanese woman in kimono writing, 1920s

Woman Writing Letter

Artist Unknown
Publisher Unknown
Medium Postcard
Period Taisho
Location Studio
Image No. 70206-0047
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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).


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Duits, Kjeld (). 1920s: Woman Writing Letter, OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Retrieved on May 26, 2022 (GMT) from

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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:

And here you have another photo of Hamayuu in the same bridal kimono: