PORTRAIT OF A PRETTY JAPANESE WOMAN IN SAGA, JAPAN

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A pretty young woman poses for her portrait at the Y. Sagara studio in Saga, Japan. She is wearing a kimono and holding a folding fan. The image is from around the 1910’s. Saga is the capitalof Saga Prefecture, located on the island of Kyushu, Japan.

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PORTRAIT OF FOUR LOVELY AND BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED JAPANESE STUDENTS IN FUKUI, JAPAN (VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH)

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This vintage photograph features four lovely and beautifully dressed Japanese girls.Two of the girls are holding parasols and all four are wearing hair bows. The previous owner of the card shared some information about this image. I was told that the girls were students and dressed in Hakama style. Hakama are a type of traditional Japanese clothing. The Imperial Chinese court wore trousers during the Sui and Tang dynasties and the Japanese adopted this style in the sixth century. Hakama are tied to the waist and fall down to near the ankles. They are worn over a kimono. According to the previous owner this wardrobe was popular among students during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and Taisho period (1912-1926). This photograph was taken during either the latter Meiji era or sometime during the Taisho era. The photographer of this wonderful image is S. Noji and his studio was located in Fukui, Japan. The city is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan. This photograph measures about 8 1/2 ” x 6 1/2″. The cabinet card gallery has a number of photographs originating in Japan which can be seen by clicking on the category “Japan”.

 

 

 

 

 

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JAPANESE TEENAGER WEARING A KIMONO IN FUKUI, JAPAN

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This vintage photograph features a pretty teenage girl wearing a striped kimono and an obi (sash).  She also is wearing a bow in her hair. This photograph was taken by the K. Matsuda studio in Fukui, Japan. This portrait measures 3″ x 4 1/2″.

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PORTRAIT OF AN ADORABLE FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL IN TOKYO JAPAN

taishoThis vintage photograph compensates for its less than stellar condition by featuring a very cute five year-old girl. She looks adorable in her nice outfit as she displays her long hair under a pretty hat. The previous owner of this image stated that it dates to the Taisho period (1912-1926). It was also reported that the young girl in this photograph was five years of age at the time the image was taken. The photographer of this photographic portrait is M. Matsuda of Tokyo, Japan.

 

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PORTRAIT OF A SAILOR FROM THE U.S.S. BOSTON IN NAGASAKI, JAPAN (1896)

This cabinet card portrait features a uniformed sailor from the navy ship, the U.S.S. Boston. The photograph was taken by Kiosheikwan of Nagasaki, Japan. The sailor probably had the photograph taken in order to send it to family or a girlfriend back home in the United States. A web site dedicated to the U.S.S. Boston and the men who served on her, was very helpful in providing details about the ship and the dates it served in the Pacific. The site reveals that there has been seven ships named  “Boston” that served America since 1776. The ship that the sailor in the photograph served on was a Protected Cruiser that sailed between 1887 and 1940. She was the U.S. Navy’s second steel ship and was propelled by sails and/or steam engine. The ship’s crew consisted of about 284 men. Initially. the ship patrolled the waters of Latin America and Haiti, but in 1892, she began to serve in the Pacific. In 1896, she was attached to the Asiatic Station at Yokohama, Japan. When the Spanish American War occurred in 1898,the U.S.S. Boston took part in the Battle of Manila Bay as well as, the capture of Manila. Reviewing the history of the ship, it seems probable that this photograph was taken in 1896 or 1897.

“KIMONO GIRL” IN DOWAGLAC, MICHIGAN

There certainly must be an interesting story related to this cabinet card photograph by Conklins Studio in Dowaglac, Michigan. A girl, who appears to be an early teenager, poses for this photograph dressed in a beautiful kimono and holding an oriental fan. Where did she get such a terrific clothing? Did her she, or her parents travel to Japan to obtain these clothes? Was Asian fashion in vogue at the time of this photograph? Comments related to these questions are welcome.

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