From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru

The fascinating life of Ichimaru (1906-1997), one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century, is told through this collection of her magnificent kimonos and other personal effects. In the 1930s, Ichimaru left geishahood to pursue an illustrious career as a recording artist, but even as a diva, she continued to perform in full geisha regalia. Combining her experience as a geisha with an extraordinary talent as a vocalist and musician, she would become a unique figure in the social history of modern Japan.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.


From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru

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