Posted by: softypapa | October 3, 2007

Vintage Japanese Photo – Nihongami Old Japan Hair Style


The woman and young girl who are the subjects of this photo portrait may be sisters and are wearing two very lovely, richly patterned kimono with elaborate traditional hair styles.  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 girl and young woman in this photo reminds us of this fact of Japanese culture as their clothing and Nihongami-style coiffeurs 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 in fair condition with some scratches, stains, fading and discoloration.  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: 3.7 inches (9.4 centimeters)
Width: 2.7 inches (7.0 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.

Many of the photographs we list are uploaded to our Japan Vintage Photo Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting images of old Japan.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share some of the wonderful photographs we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a photograph from us and do not want a digital copy of your image displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

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item code: R3S5B2A1-0003279
category code: furuishashin
ship code: L1650


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