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Galt Museum & Archives: From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru

November 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until January 9, 2022

Galt Museum & Archives: From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru
September 25, 2021 to January 9, 2022


In Japan, the occupation of geisha has a long and honourable history. Geisha were professional entertainers and hostess-courtesans, who were extensively trained in many of the traditional Japanese arts. They were the celebrities or supermodels of their time and vanguards of kimono fashion.
Ichimaru (1906–1997) was one of the most famous geisha of the twentieth century. Born into a large, impoverished family, she strove to master singing and shamisen. Eventually, she became a respected geisha with a reputation for elegance and a “nightingale-like voice.” Ichimaru began recording music in the 1930s and expanded her popularity internationally. Combining her experience as a geisha with extraordinary talent as a vocalist and musician, she became a unique figure in the social history of
modern Japan.
From Geisha to Diva tells the fascinating story of Ichimaru’s life through a collection of her magnificent kimono and personal effects.

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Galt Museum & Archives
502 1 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1Y4


Galt Museum & Archives
502 1 Street S
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0T7 Canada
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