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Vol. 88: Nagano Branch Seminar

I visited Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture for the first time in 16 years for the Branch Seminar!

On my previous visit, however, I was still the Vice President, so this was my first Nagano Branch Seminar as Iemoto.

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On September 13, just after arriving, I started the rehearsal at the Small Hall of the Matsumoto Performing Arts Center. It was a very nice space.

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Materials got or grown by Ms. Biho Ide, Director of the Nagano Branch, had an authentic rusticity which we can’t get in Tokyo.

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Thanks to powerful support of the branch members, the rehearsal went smoothly.

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After the rehearsal, there was a get-together at the restaurant in the Center. Cheers with grape juice!

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With the participants

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Lastly, a big chorus of Shinano no Kuni, the Nagano Prefectural Song, by all of us together!

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On September 14, the day for the seminar. Just before the curtain went up, I took pictures with the executives and steering committee members.

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Now our custom, getting psyched up right before the start, uniting all our feelings!

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The site was packed full with nearly 300 people.

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Bamboo splitting performance at the beginning

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I was so happy with the excellent flower materials.

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I made 10 small works in total.

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Next, "Request Ikebana," an impromptu arrangement using materials and containers selected by the audience.
Whenever I do this, I get nervous because nothing is predictable, but it is fun when the whole audience is so excited.

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The last large work using bamboo for the framework

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The autumn work complete using tons of the superb local materials.

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After the seminar, a book signing was held.

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On the way home, we visited the Matsumoto Castle, one of the National Treasures of Japan.

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With Ms. Biho Ide, Director of Nagano Branch.

I could conduct a satisfying seminar thanks to dedicated support of the branch members.
I got much energy from the audience as they were close to me and seemed to be enjoying it a lot. The two days in Nagano where water, air and food were all delicious flew by.

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