|Kosa San with Sam and Me|
After walking up the 100 steps into the various rooms to see all the exhibits, Kosa San treated us to a sumptuous lunch at one of the Japanese style rooms at the hotel. All in all, an unforgettable afternoon.
Then, on Friday the 25th March was Flower Thanks Day and the main reason for my visit to Tokyo. It is a ceremony during which awards and degrees are presented by Iemoto followed by demonstrations by 12 students who have been attending 'demonstration classes'.
The ceremony began by Iemoto placing flowers into containers across several tables. Then followed by teachers in order of seniority, then holders of Riji and, lastly Komon.
|Iemoto on the stage which was decorated with split bamboo|
|After placing my flowers, I'm leaving the stage|
|At the Tea Party after the ceremony, many people wanted to take a photograph with Iemoto and she, very graciously, obliged. To my left is my friend, Jacquelline from Switzerland|
|Here I am with Miss Takahira and Jacqueline below the stone garden at headquarters|
and above us is a spring installation of bamboo and cherry blossoms.
|Front View of decorated stone with Sogetsu emblem at entrance|
|Side view of same stone|