the 17th year of Tensho (1589), Toyotomi Hideyoshio, the man of power at
the time, officially permitted to open the houses of courtesans at
Nijo-Yanagimachi in Kyoto. The
figure in the photo shows how a courtesan of those days looked.
style called "karawa (=Chinese ring)" was handed down from
Ming (=China) around the time. She
wears a "kosode (=short sleeves)" kimono in the "shimekiri
(=shut end)" style and a "Nagoya-obi" belt which is a
string made of "kumi-ito (=assebled threads)".
the Nagoya in Hizen, Kyushu island. (Hizen is the old name of a country
which covered Saga Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture except Iki island
and Tsushima island.) Since
the Chinese people made this belt in Nagoya, Hizen, it was called "Nagoya-obi