Sunday, May 11, 2008

1934 Color movie of a Geisha's preparation

A small production I located on the outstanding blog Voyages Extraordinaire...

"I did not lie when I talked about geisha and sakura... Does it get more stereotypically Japanese than these videos? The first was filmed in 1934, but it could be practically any time, as the subject matter is timeless. First we see the serenity of geisha in the bloom of spring, sailing along a treelined canal beneath the pink blossoms of the sakura. Then we see the extensive preparations that go into transforming a girl into a geisha. "

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Dressing in a Junihitoe (Royal Japanese Kimono from Heian)

Per the narrative on YouTube...

This is a woman being dressed in a junihitoe, which is my favorite type of kimono (and possibly my favorite type of clothing.)