2015 / A model of famous Akita beauty photo was a long time Los Angeles resident

Akita Beauty Shibata YokoAmong over 100 photos of the exhibition which the Japan Foundation is bringing to West Los Angeles College’s art gallery currently, one of the most renowned Japanese photographer’s  “Young Woman at Omagari in Akita” black and white photo was included.

“Young Woman” was shot by Ihee Kimura in 1953 when a model Yoko Shibata was 20 years old at her native town of Omagari. In 1972, Shibata came to Los Angeles, settled in Santa Clarita, and passed away in 2010. She was 77 years old.

Kimura’s “Young Woman” was designated as an official photo for “Akita Vision” sightseeing campaign by Akita Prefecture Government in 2012.

Akita Beauty Shibata Yoko(Top Photo) Official poster of Akita Vision campaign by the prefectural government.

(Middle Photo)  The famous Akita Beauty picture was posted on a body of trains.

(Bottom Photo) Kimura’s “Young Woman” was included in traveling exhibition “Metamorphosis of Japan After the War” at the Art Gallery of West Los Angeles College. Admission free. Exhibition hours  are Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The Japan Foundation sponsored photo exhibition will run through July 11.

Akita Beauty Shibata YokoWest Los Angeles College is located at 9000 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90230. For more information about the photo exhibition, visit www.jflalc.org

After Los Angeles, this exhibition will be traveling around the world for ten years.