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Hanako means “little flower.” This was what the Japanese actress was called by the American dancer Loïe Fuller, who introduced her to Rodin in 1906.
She impressed Rodin with her strength and suppleness and he invited her to pose for him. The muscular strength of the “exotic” body of this quite small actress struck Rodin, who told Paul Gsell:
“She is so strong that she can stand as long as she likes on one leg while raising the other before her at a right angle. Standing this way, she looks as if she were rooted to the ground like a tree.”