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Yoshitaka Amano I have a book of his art with this cover !!!

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VINTAGE OIRAN ET SES APPRENTIES

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Oiran (by Naomi no Kimono Asobi)

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tayuu and kamuro from behind 1920s by blue ruin1, via flickr

The middle one is called a tayu, which is the highest rank of oiran/courtesan, these are cultered and refined prostitiues. Tayu are the only ones who wore those towering shoes. Next to her are kamuro, "Child attendents" they were her apprentices.

朧月象ヲ也 Oboro Tsukiyou o Nari

Courtesan. Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper. About 1870,s, Japan. by artist Utagawa Yoshimori. MFA. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

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