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80302-0059-PP - Torioi Street Musician


Studio Meiji 1890s Unknown
Torioi (鳥追女), a female musician, singing and playing the shamisen, a three-stringed musical instrument played with a bachi (plectrum). Torioi went from door to door receiving money for wishing the house and its occupants well. They wore distinctive amigasa hats (編笠) and played the shamisen. Customs like these were called Kadozuke-gei (門付芸), literally “arts at the gate.”
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