Posted by: softypapa | October 3, 2007

Vintage Japanese Photo – Nihongami Haori Outing Outfit


This splendid old image depicts a young woman dressed for an outing wearing her full-length haori kimono cover and carrying her higasa sun-umbrella.  The haori this woman is wearing is a bit unusual as it is longer than most, as such garments normally extend only to the area of the knees.  The Japanese have always cared greatly about their appearance and especially about the style and arrangement of their hair.  Westerners traveling through Japan in the late 19th century often commented after this fact, noting that even very poor Japanese always took care to maintain their hair though their clothes may be but rags.  The woman in this photo reminds us of this fact of Japanese culture as her clothing and Nihongami-style coiffeur can only be described as perfect.  A splendid and very Japanese photograph worthy of being noted as emblematic of feminine virtue in old Japan.  This original old photograph is mounted and in fair condition with some scratches, stains, fading and discoloration.  The photographer or studio name ‘Kanda‘ is printed on the mounting.  The photo dates from the early to mid 20th century and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.

Size of photographic image*:
Height: 3.3 inches (8.4 centimeters)
Width: 2.1 inches (5.5 centimeters)
*excluding any mounting or border

Important notes:
To the best of our knowledge the photographic image offered with this listing is an original print and not a later duplication.  Age estimates as well as descriptions of the people and events occurring in the image are based on available information such as settings and activities depicted in the image as well as our experience with Japanese culture.  All photographs purchased from us are carefully sealed in plastic and shipped in a box instead of an envelope to prevent damage during transit.

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item code: R3S5B2A1-0003253
category code: furuishashin
ship code: L1650



  1. This jacket looks more like a michiyuki to me…

    more information here:

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