“One of the most celebrated Japanese gardens outside of Japan.” That’s what the Seattle Arboretum Foundation says about its famous Japanese Garden, and I believe every word. I’ve been a member of the Arboretum Foundation since I was a teen. While in high school, my home garden won their Golden Scoop Award at the Pacific Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Naturally, when I was asked to help with the Japanese Garden’s big auction party, I didn’t have to think twice. I put on a new flowered dress so I would blend in with the environment, and headed out.
This was no ordinary garden party. On that magical evening, the surroundings were surreally gorgeous. Japanese dancers in traditional dress performed. Between their appearances, musicians continuously played, and dinner was served.
The dancers talked to me about their fashions. One of them explained, “they pull in traditional and innovative styles.” Another elaborated, “We combine some masculine elements ̶ like the smaller strips of material ̶ with feminine features. Today, international fashions are bringing together the best of both worlds and that’s what we strive for.”
The entire party felt like a slice of heaven in Japan.