Photo by Bernadette Chenard/Hsing 2004 Kyoto, Japan
• "This is a group for anyone interested in learning more about the Ancient and Traditional Arts, Culture and People of JAPAN. Our main focus will be on the GEISHA... THE FLOWER and WILLOW WORLD and everything related...including origami. My background: I am a professional origami (paper folding) artist. Many of my origami creations and Geisha dolls are my own original designs and the name of my business, KOMACHI, means Beautiful Little Doll in Japanese. I started my business at the age of 25.
• My passion for the Orient, particularly Japanese art, culture and people, began in my early childhood at age 5 when I was exposed to the culture through my parents' friends who were either Japanese or from other Asian countries. They introduced me to their respective cultures. My interest grew profoundly throughout my life in my long quest and zeal for learning more and more about this wonderfully beautiful and mysterious people and is the reason I have started this meet up group. I invite you to share your knowledge and experience, and I hope that this group will grow by leaps and bounds as we all learn from one another. Your input and suggestions will always be seriously considered as the group grows. So let's meet up!"