This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Japanese Garden Soirée

August, 8, 2016

“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.
Japanese Garden Soirée A
Japanese Garden Soirée B
Japanese Garden Soirée C

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.

Japanese Garden Soirée D

Japanese Garden Soirée E

Japanese Garden Soirée F

Japanese Garden Soirée G

Japanese Garden Soirée H

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.

Japanese Garden Soirée I

Japanese Garden Soirée J

Japanese Garden Soirée K

Japanese Garden Soirée L

Japanese Garden Soirée M

Japanese Garden Soirée N

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.”

Japanese Garden Soirée O

The entire party felt like a slice of heaven in Japan.

Japanese Garden Soirée P

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