On October 10, 2014 the National Museum of Ethnology in the Netherlands is opening an exhibit on geisha and inviting visitors to “meet the powerful woman behind the mask.”
The first geisha visitors will be encountering is Toshikana of Miyagawa-cho, who will be greeting guests from a banner that will hang in front of the museum, posters of varying sizes, and several other sources.
I made the photograph of Toshikana the museum will be using a few months ago in May 2014, but I had no idea then that a museum would soon be licensing it. In fact, if it weren’t for series of fortunate events, this image would not have been made at all.
And if not for “a little help from my friends” (some of whom I have never even met), I would not have been introduced to the National Museum of Ethnology.