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160902-0031 - The Geisha Sakae


Studio Taisho 1910s Unknown

The famed geisha Sakae (栄え).

Sakae (栄え) also written as (さかえ) was a Meiji-Taisho era geisha from the Shitaya (下谷) geisha district in Tokyo.

Sakae became unbelievably popular as a postcard model shortly after the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

She was especially known and admired for the beauty of her gait. Many of the leading Onnagata (male Kabuki actors playing women’s roles) of the time imitated Sakae’s gait.

She actually married a Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Sadanji II. He was Japan’s most popular actor between the 1910s and 1930s and played a major role in the modernist movement.

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