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c. 1880s Japan - formal greeting and present

c. 1880s Japan - formal greeting and present


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c. 1880s Japan - formal greeting and present

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Ethnicity Ethnographic Geisha Giving Kimino Meiji Orient Receiving


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This photograph, taken in the late 1880s in Japan, captures a formal moment in the Meiji Era (1868-1912). The image showcases two elegantly dressed Japanese women engaged in a traditional greeting ceremony, exchanging gifts as a sign of respect and friendship. The women are adorned in their finest kimonos, intricately patterned and layered with various accessories, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of this early modern Asian society. The Meiji Era marked a period of significant change in Japan, as the country transitioned from a feudal system to a modern industrialized nation. Yet, despite these transformations, the traditional customs and practices continued to thrive, as evidenced in this ethnographic snapshot. The younger woman, with a demure expression and graceful posture, extends her fan as a gesture of greeting, while the older woman, with a warm smile and outstretched hand, presents a beautifully wrapped gift. The scene exudes a sense of timeless beauty and the enduring nature of Japanese culture. This photograph offers a unique glimpse into the lives of indigenous Japanese people during the 19th century, providing valuable insights into their customs, traditions, and daily life. The image is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of ethnic groups, as they navigate the complexities of a rapidly changing world.

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