"I haven't one friend my own age and generation. I wish I had. I don't know if it's my own fault. I haven't a single thing in common with them...None of them like painting and they particularly dislike my kind of painting. I have lots more in common with the young generation...but there you are."
Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, April 12, 1934
This exhibition introduces the essence of traditional Japanese Kimono culture. The intent of this exhibition is to showcase the codes and the culture behind Kimono, its artistic form and complexity, along with the etiquette of Kimono attire for different seasons and occasions. Kimono is not simply an article of clothing; it embodies centuries of cultural development and history of Japan.
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 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 int he social history of modern Japan.