"After his massive success on his round trip to Latin America, Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita returned to Japan in November 1933 with his fourth wife, Madeleine Lequeux. At age 27, she was a dancer at the Casino de Paris, one of the famous music halls of Paris. Foujita had moved to France and lived through the “Roaring Twenties” as an eccentric and highly successful painter. Eduardo D. de Arteaga met Foujita a couple of years earlier while participating in the great parties and masquerades in Paris. Arteaga was appointed as Charge des Affaires for Uruguay in Japan, and in 1933, they were united in Tokyo. Lequeux continued her career as a singer in Tokyo, where she tried to establish herself as a singer of French chansons.
In October–November 1934, Foujita, Lequeux, and Arteaga made this cultural trip to Kobe, Kyoto, and the island of Itsukushima (厳島), popularly known as Miyajima (宮島), located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. On the island, there are many temples, but it is foremost known for its “floating” torii gate, the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), and the Toyokuni Shrine (豊国神社) with its five-storied pagoda."
10,5 x 17 cm