On Sunday Leanna and I hosted a party at the garden and about 30 friends came by, and several came in their Japanese costumes. It wasn’t really intended to be a costume party but it was fitting for the occassion. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t have the presence of mind to be clicking away on my camera but here are a few snapshots I snagged.
The first guest to arrive was Little Yoshiwara geisha okaasan, Xuemei Yiyuan and she helped Leanna and I greet other guests as they arrive. Also, geisha Suzuko (Miyo) joined us in the greeting. Several couples dropped by including Magi & Dillon, Thunder & Jada, Derwin & Ellie, Steal & Tippy, along with other bluesy friends Luci, HK/Henry, Aynnie, Thor, WT, Digory and Bradley. Also other garden friends Takamatsu, Anika and others. And of course, Ziffy delivered one of his really delightful live perfomances. Here are some more photos from the performance.
Creating this garden has been it’s own reward, but sharing it is the greatest reward. I have to admit that the party wasn’t well thought out though. I think it would have been best to have thrown the party as soon as the garden was open. And after seeing the interest in period costumes, I can see that this should have been an outright costume party. I mean, women love kimonos and guys and their swords, that’s hot! hehe
Thanks to the friends who came and the other friends who visited the garden since it opened ten days ago. I am touched by all of your kind words. I am especially happy that many of you responded to the tucked away feel of the pond hut area and the bamboo forest. And thanks to everyone for your donations to this garden.