Japanese girl with Parasol and old fashioned kimono.

Japan Geisha kimono. Traditional Japanese costumes.

Japanese Geisha with Parasol.

Japanese girl with Parasol and old fashioned kimono 1910s.

Note:  Cotton spinner. Fileuse de coton. Japan 1895.

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