Akane Teshigaharas A bunch of thoughts

2014/09/12

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Vol. 86: Ikebana International 8th European Regional Conference in Potsdam, Germany (No. 2)

The long awaited preparation for the demonstration started on August 21.

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The demonstration was to be held at the Hans Otto Theater.

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The theater with an innovative design of red and black near the lake.

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We could not use the theater on this day, so we worked at a place nearby that was like a warehouse. 

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 Waiting for the arrival of containers…
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Once we started, the preparation went smoothly.

In the afternoon, we returned to the hotel and set up the welcome arrangement at the lobby.
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Piling up huge Japanese cedar logs, a base was made.
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The framework was made with Japanese red pine.
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Apple and several types of berries were added.
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All done!
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With people involved in setting up the arrangement
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In the evening, we had a Welcome Barbecue Party.
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I used German for just  for the first few words with the help of a cheat sheet. Then I got my energy back with the delicious sausages!

On August 22, we had an all day long rehearsal at the theater.
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I checked the progress of each work for the demonstration.
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For the hanging works, I checked the lifting speed and the positions over and over again.
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The colored pieces for the finale were assembled.
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With people from Japan who came on a tour to cheer for us. My exhaustion immediately disappeared.
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With people who were to help my demonstration. " I’m counting on you! "
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In the evening, I went to the opening ceremony for the ikebana exhibition.
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It was full of great works that I could not take my eyes off. They gave me a boost.

"Well, tomorrow is finally the day for my demonstration!"

To be continued…

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