Wednesday was the first anniversary of Yordie’s Zen Garden at it’s location in Nishijima. This year, the garden was buried in snows so, Tak and I decided we’d have a Winter Celebration.
We planned a party that was a little different than many parties. We wanted to have a geisha show to start the party, with me and a couple of girlfriends being willowy and floating as we danced, and I told a story. Then what would a party be without music and dancing, but toward the end of the party we wanted to do one more unusual thing… more on this below.
For any new readers, I have past experience as an apprentice geisha. My geisha name was Suzuki and I was a member of the Little Yoshiwara Okiya. That experience taught me how to organized, rehearse and perform a geisha show in Second Life. It had been quite a long time since I had performed, but I wanted my friends to have a little insight into the things I love. (No, I really have no Japanese ancestry but Taka swears I was Japanese in a previous life….hehe.)
My friend Magi McBride has a long time interest in Zen, and has also created lovely Zen gardens in SL, so it was natural for me to ask her to be a dancer in the show. And of course, how could I possibly have a show of any kind without my longtime gal pal, Leanna. Fortunately, both agreed to be in the show and we spent a couple days getting our kimonos, fans and hairstyles just right. And we rehearsed diligently. Let me tell the rest of the story with photos my friends have provided.
The show lasted about 20 minutes where normally a geisha show would be about an hour, but we just intended to give our friends a taste. I learned later that my onesan approved of my show, and even invited me to audition for some of her productions at Hosoi Ichiba. I was very honored. But now it was time for our party, with DJ Javier “The Candyman” Dulce. Javier is a featured DJ at the Ambrosia Club, which is where Tak rediscovered this old friend one night a few months ago. We had asked Javier to spin a set of some bluesy tunes mixed with some of the tunes he spins at Ambrosia.
Many of our bluesy friends came but due to an apparent mix up that happened when I was sending out invitations, it looks like only 30 of 50 invites I had sent actually got to friends. I didn’t learn that this had happened until just before the party. Nonetheless, Minnie, Merrymay & Falls, Gracee & Dest, Dina & Kiff, Kia & Rip, Ellie, Bree, Tippy, Jada & Thunder, Javier’s wife Marley and Thor & Leanna stayed for the party. And altho I had mentioned in the invitation, there would be a martial arts exhibition, I don’t think guests were prepared when Tak & I left for a few minutes. When we returned, we had changed into our “exhibition” gear.
Yes, this was an unusual party for a Wednesday night, but we had fun dreaming it up and enlisting friends to help us. Thanks to Magi, Leanna, Thor, Minnie and Javier for this wonderful celebration of a garden that has become more dear to Tak & I each year. Yay 1st Anniversary of Yordie’s Zen Garden!