Dedicated to bringing traditional
Japanese entertaining and an elegant
Ambiance to a modern American audience.
Inaugurated in 2010, the Three Rivers Okiya is a collective of young American women who have dedicated their time to honoring and learning some of the traditonal arts of Japan. The name of our acting troupe reflects our commitment to promoting traditional Japanese arts and culture, and we humbly ask our audiences to recall the original okiya (or Geisha and Maiko house) brought from Japan to America for the World's Fair of 1904, which was hosted 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 here in the Midwest.
Our Goals and Services:
We offer a range of artistic services to our clients, from entertaining private parties at local restaurants, to seasonal dances and performances of Tea Ceremony. 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 Japanese women who still live their lives by these arts. They are truly all national treasures ~ and living embodiments of grace and art and beauty. We strongly urge everyone who has the opportunity, to travel to Japan to see them perform in person.
Disclaimer: We wish to here 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 licenced as they are, by the Japanese Government.
Updates -- Spring 2013
Three Rivers Okiya is overjoyed to be returning to the 2013 Kawa-Kon convention, and there giving a series of talks and demonstrations of Japanese Art -- ranging from traditional storytelling and kimono kitsuke to dance and three performances of Tea Ceremony. We look forward to seeing you there! The Convention will be held February 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.
On February 25th, 2013, Three Rivers Okiya will be visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden for the early spring blossoms, and will take tea outdoors in the formal Japanese Garden. Please join us in appreciating the first flowers of spring. Traditionally these include the Ume, or plum trees.
Three Rivers Okiya is very excited to attend and perform at the book release on March 8, 2013 for author Cole Gibsen's sequel to KATANA, her widely acclaimed young adult novel that came out last year. To commemorate the release of Senshi, Three Rivers Okiya will be performing a traditional japanese dance for her guests. Please visit Ms. Gibsen's webpage to learn more!