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120207-0098-PP - Torioi Street Musician


Studio Meiji 1890s Unknown
This staged studio setting apparently aims to represent a torioi (鳥追女), a female musician, during New Year celebrations. 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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