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.
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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