Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

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Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Post by IG Team » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:25 pm

gingerbread:

This image is making the rounds on Tumblr with a 'misleading' description claiming it's a female samurai, when the original source says it's from a series of photographs of geisha and kabuki actors. Anyone know who it is, exactly? The source says the photos are from the 1870's.

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The source: http://194.25.171.19/bassenge/en/lose.a ... 4058&DET=1

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Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Post by IG Team » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:26 pm

Hisayakko:

I assume this is a geisha dressed as a samurai. Her name might be Kayo

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Kayo 江良加代 was a popular Geiko (Geisha) in Gion, Kyoto during the early Meiji period (1870s). At one time she became the mistress of Saionji Kinmochi (1849 – 1940), who was a politician, statesman and twice Prime Minister of Japan. Although, Kido Takayoshi (1833 – 1877), a statesman during the Meiji Restoration, pursued her and promised to pay for her stage costumes, he died before he kept his word. After Kido’s death, Ito Hirobumi (1841 – 1909), four times Prime Minister of Japan, paid for her costumes in his stead, but she jilted Ito to become the mistress of Mitsui Gen’emon (1867 -1945), a noted businessman.
edit: a picture of her as a maiko
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Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Post by IG Team » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:27 pm

gingerbread:

Hmm, the face proportions look close! The eyebrows seem different, but she's tilting her head down in that armor photo.

Thanks! Do you mind if I post this info on my Tumblr? I'm trying to counter the misinformation. :)

Here's another one of her. Yep, looks like our girl! She's really lovely.

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Re: Kayo - Gion - ? [Meiji]

Post by IG Team » Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:28 pm

Hisayakko:

Of course I don't mind! :lol:

I also found another picture of her and some more information! As you said, she is lovely! :lovelove

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Kayo was a famous Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) during the early Meiji period (1870s) in the Gion district of Kyoto. Although her exact date of birth is unknown, she is thought to have become a Minarai (Watching Apprentice) in 1869 around the age of seven.

Her reputation for beauty was such that one Kabuki actor said “a beautiful girl like this will not be seen again in a lifetime of geisha.”

In 1875 at the age of thirteen, Maiko Kayo eloped to Tokyo with Saionji Kinmochi who was twenty-six years old at the time. However, Saionji already had three common law wives and his family were violently opposed to the match, so Kayo returned to Gion a few months later.

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