In September 2019, Portland Japanese Garden welcomed three authentic geisha – Miehina, Kanako, and Konami – from Kyoto for one day only. Highly trained and skilled as artists and entertainers, geisha transmit the knowledge and beauty of traditional Japanese arts such as dance, music, and poetry to modern audiences. During this rare event, Garden guests had the opportunity to mingle with the geisha, and a lucky few Photography Members took part in a photo shoot in three scenic Garden spaces. The day culminated in an evening discussion of the history and culture of geisha (led by geisha expert Peter MacIntosh and Garden CEO Steve Bloom), paired with a demonstration of traditional dance and music.
Special thanks for the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Robert and Deborah Zagunis, and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland, Oregon
Cinematography by Quincy Woo.