Okiya Photo Collection

Click on the thumbnails below to view the beautiful performers that are studying Japanese Arts
with Three Rivers Okiya: our Geiko-Henshin and Maiko-Henshin.

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis was founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw, English philanthropist and successful businessman. Today, 153 years after opening, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display — one of the top three botanical gardens in the world.  

Since 1977, the Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.  This year they were proud to have Liza Dalby as one of its esteemed guests. Writer and anthropologist Liza Dalby gave an illustrated talk about her long engagement with Japanese culture, including her experience studying and writing about geisha, kimono, her fascination with the Tale of Genji, and the deep influence of Japanese seasonal sensibilities on her life and garden. (text taken from the Botanical Garden's website, original author: Joseph M. Schuster)

Farewell, my old fan.
Having scribbled on it,
What could I do but tear it
At the end of summer?

- Bashō Matsuo (1644–1694)