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Edo Pop Swaps: Barista Okita

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Kitagawa Utamaro, Naniwaya Teahouse Waitress Okita (detail), c. 1793

I’m just a simple tea girl who caught the eye of the great artist Utamaro. Though he was known for drawing portraits of lovely courtesans, I soon became one of his favorite subjects. Must be my shy nature, fetching figure, glossy locks—and steady serving hands.

LIKES
Tip jars
Ornate updos
Accent colors

DISLIKES
Coffee
Wash-and-wear hair
Snobs

Stop by the MIA the week of December 25 to pick up your Barista Okita trading card. Collect a free new card each week of the “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” exhibition. Or buy the complete set at the Museum Shop.

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