Dedicated to bringing traditional
Japanese entertainment and elegant
Ambiance to a modern American audience
Inaugurated in 2010, the Three Rivers Okiya (called 三つ川 置屋, or Mitsugawa
Okiya) is a collective of young American women who have dedicated their time to
honoring and learning some of the traditional arts of Japan. The name of our acting
troupe reflects our commitment to promoting traditional Japanese arts and culture.
We seek to emulate and educate in the manner of the original troupe of Geisha and
their apprentices that were brought from Japan to America for the World's Fair of
1904 hosted here in St. Louis, less than two miles from where our modern practice
area is located. We seek to learn these arts to enrich our lives and provide light
entertainment at social functions in the Midwest.
Our true goal in re-enacting both the manner of dress and art forms of the Geisha is
to promote in America a better understanding and appreciation of the hard
working, talented Japanese men and women who still live their lives by these arts.
They are truly all national treasures: living embodiments of grace and art and
beauty. We strongly urge everyone who has the opportunity to travel to Japan to
take time to see them perform in person. It is only through the support of
individuals who patronize these art forms that they are able to survive.
Disclaimer: We wish to state that we are aware that we are not "true Geisha and
Maiko" and have not passed the rigorous training and certification that the real
artists in Japan go through. We are amateur performers and are not acknowledged
or sanctioned by the Okiya of Japan or licensed as they are by the Japanese
Updates for Spring and Summer 2015, see our calendar page