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Renowned Beauties from the Six Best Houses Tomimoto Toyohina
Tsunokakushi was originally used as headwear by women during the Edo period when they went out, in order to maintain their hairstyle and avoid getting dusty, but today is used as a bride’s headwear. This piece depicts a beautiful woman going out on a hot day and wearing tsunokakushi, waving her fan to send a breeze to her collar. We can just about make out her red undergarment under the black gauze kimono. She picks up the collar of her undergarment and the flash of red increases her charm. When deciphered, the pictures in the upper right corner read “Tomimoto Toyohina”, who was the most acclaimed courtesan in the Yoshiwara for her entertainment skills and beauty.