The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History in Japan
The Kamakura Period
- The Azuchi -Momoyama Period -
 
108 - Courtesan
The Costume Museum Kyoto JapanThe Costume Museum Kyoto Japan
1 karawa-mage
2 kosode
3 Nagoya-obi
4 sensu
In 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. The hair 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)". Nagoya is 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 (=belt).