Its hard to believe anyone thought this was attractive but most likely our idea of beauty…that being a women who is ultra thin and our compulsive dieting would seem ugly and odd by the standards of a hundred years ago.
In my research for geisha I found these photos and they are photos of a chinese women not Japanese but some how they came up under geisha. I just finished reading a book about China and foot binding and in this story they bound the child’s feet at 6 years old. They had to break the toes and to do this, each day they would bind and rebind the child’s feet …. tightening the bandages, then require the child to walk back and forth until all the toes were neatly tucked under the foot. Some mother’s had a difficult time keeping the bandages on or tightening them enough and the child’s feet did not get bound correctly and they were basically left crippled by the ordeal. Apparently even when done correctly the person cannot walk long distances without discomfort. This practice was outlawed by the government in 1958 but apparently in some rural areas it was not reported. The book is called
” Snow Flower and the secret fan” Lisa See is the writer.
Now I’m reading “geisha” by Liza Dalby I’ll let you know how it goes…..