"A photo of Saito Kichi (斎藤きち) aka Toujin Okichi from Adolfo Farsari's collection of Japan life during the late 19th century. This photo is also attributed to Baron Von Stillfried. Kichi was a popular geisha that worked in Shimoda. While Townsend Harris stayed in Gyokusenji Temple, she was forced to leave her true love Tsurumatsu and strategically sent by the local Shogun officials to the Consul to serve him. It is not clear how long she served Harris. A source indicates that she served only three days in May 1857. However, there are other reports that she served as his mistress until the closure of the American consulate. Many believe that she was sent to Harris by the Shogunate as a spy. Regardless, she became secluded from society as a "Toujin" (mistress of a foreigner). Becoming a mistress of a Western men was regarded as shameful and Kichi was despised as a "Toujin." The disdain and prejudice of the society disturbed her seriously and she gradually indulged in alcohol. She had several business ventures (hair salon and restaurant) in Shimoda, but they all ultimately failed due to the disdain of local people. In the end, Kichi became homeless and killed herself by jumping into the Inouzawa River.
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