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A woman dressed as a lower ranking prostitute and an attendant.

A woman dressed as a lower ranking prostitute and an attendant.

Tayuu (highest class of courtesan) - date unkown, Japan. S)

Tayuu (highest class of courtesan) - date unkown, Japan. S) (although I thought oiran was the highest?

Japaese Tayuu (Oiran) and Kamuro (attendant)

Maybe she's an Osaka tayu and that is a signature musubi of Shinmachi, like how we associate the manaita musubi with Yoshiwara oiran?

One of the few actual tayuu in practice today.  Modern tayuu are not prostitutes.

One of the few actual tayuu in practice today. Modern tayuu are not prostitutes.

Kaoru of the Sugata-Ebiya, kamuro Nioi and Tomeki.  Ukiyo-e woodblock print.   About 1800, Japan.   Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I

thekimonogallery: “ Kaoru of the Sugata-Ebiya, kamuro Nioi and Tomeki. Ukiyo-e woodblock print. Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I ”

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