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Oiran parade participant in geta sandals accompanied by servant bearing parasol.

One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Shimabara Tayû (high ranking courtesan), 1929-1930, Tayûs entertained only the nobility at that time.

Japanese Courtesan procession An oiran refers to a high-ranking courtesan in the pleasure quarter of Yoshiwara.

1910年の吉原の遊女 – Japaaan

Oiran standing in front of her residence. Oiran were prostitutes /courtesans (geisha by definition were respected entertainers), but the HIGHEST paid women in all of Japan. It was a coveted position if you were already part of this world.

Tragedy: one of countless poor Japanese girls forced into indentured servitude in the misnamed " pleasure quarters."

Tragedy: one of countless poor Japanese girls forced into indentured servitude in the misnamed " pleasure quarters.

Maiko by the River 1920s, industrial background- by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr

Maiko by the River A photograph of pretty Maiko girl with a very…

Oran with kamuro and servants

Takafusa-dayû (隆房太夫) standing outside the Sumiya (角屋), early The Sumiya was once Shimabara’s most famous and elite ageya, a type of very high-end ochaya (teahouse) meant as a go-between for Tayû and their patrons. According to the Wikipedia.

1910....TAYUU AND TWO ATTENDANTS....JAPAN....PHOTOGRAPHER BY YUKI WILLY....OF FLICKR......ON THEKIMONOGALLERY.TUMBLR........

shewhoworshipscarlin: “Tayuu and two attendants, Japan. (A Tayuu, at this time, was an expensive prostitute.

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