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Women dressed in junihitoe.

Women dressed in junihitoe.

A woman sitting behind a standing curtain dressed in junihitoe

A woman sitting behind a standing curtain dressed in junihitoe

A family dressed in heian era robes at a junihitoe photography experience.

A family dressed in heian era robes at a junihitoe photography experience.

Utagawa Kunisada.   Title: Ono no Komachi Praying for Rain

Title: Ono no Komachi Praying for Rain. A woman and 2 men dressed in heian robes.

Gagaku. Japanese court music. Heian era costumes.

Gagaku. Japanese court music. Heian era costumes.

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A woman dressed in an all white junihitoe for a wedding. During the heian era, white was worn in the first few weeks of a child's birth.

This is a maiko (apprentice geisha) blackening her teeth for her debut as a geiko (geisha). During the heian era, this practice was done for cosmetic and health reasons. The teeth were more protected from decay, and it was more beautiful than having yellowing teeth with white face powder.  Geisha continue the practice for special ceremonies if they wish.

Ohaguro (お歯黒) is a custom of dyeing one’s teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Dyeing is mainly done by married women.

A senior maiko in the week before her advancement to geiko.  Her teeth have been blackened (called ohaguro) as a traditional beauty and status mark.  Women during the heian era practiced ohaguro.

A senior maiko in the week before her advancement to geiko. Her teeth have been blackened (called ohaguro) as a traditional beauty and status mark. Women during the heian era practiced ohaguro.

junihitoe heian kimono

Miko dressed in junihitoe

Women and children dressed in heian robes.

Women and children dressed in heian robes.

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