c.1900: Meiji Era Geishas as Bathing Beauties Amanda August 22, 2012 1800-1899, Fashion & beauty 5 CommentsFavourited 1042 times Add to favourites 5 Responses Joanne August 22, 2012 Beautiful young girls. Love the suits and the photographer’s backdrops and props. Must have been quite erotic for the Victorian gents. Reply vampiroz August 24, 2012 The photos are lovely. But, any man who finds children(these girls look to be between 10 or 13 years of age) erotic is very sick in my opinion. Reply Jen October 4, 2012 Although Joanne’s comment is in somewhat bad taste, I am sure these photos were meant to be erotic, and I am also shocked by the youngness. Several of these girls don’t look older than eleven. I know that geisha started young, but I imagined that they wouldn’t enter the workforce by at least fifteen or so, especially as late as the Meiji era. Reply Sandra October 4, 2012 Those girls are definetly not geishas, probably early maikos (apprentices of a geisha) since some of them have only the lower lip colored with red, altough I doubt even that because they look around 10-12 years old and a maiko starts around the age of 15. Geishas can’t be under the age of around 20 years old and this happens only after 2-6 years of being a maiko. Before being a maiko the girls are called shikomi and do chores around the house to earn their keep so my opinion is that those girls are some shikomi girls dressed up to enchant the western men since the outfits aren’t japaneese at all. Reply Zen October 13, 2012 It would not surprise me if these girls are 15 or 16, because many Japanese appear to be much younger than they are! Especially 100 years ago. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.