Aniversario de 90 anos do Daisosho Sen Soshitsu XV Urasenke
Dear Urasenke Members,
We hope that this message finds you in the best of health and spirits
and enjoying the spring. Here in Kyoto, the sakura trees appear covered
with a faint pink mist; they will probably be in full bloom by the end
of the week. No doubt you have fond memories of the large Somei Yoshino
blooming across the street from the Kabutomon, and of having hanami
dango and sakura mochi for okeiko.
We are writing to ask you
all to help Daisosho celebrate his 90th birthday, which is coming up on
April 19th. Daisosho continues his mission to spread tea around the
world and has just returned from a whirlwind trip to Abu Dhabi,
Singapore, Beijing, Tienjin, and Shanghai.
birthday is called “Sotsuju” 卆寿 in Japanese, because the simplified
kanji for “sotsu” can be separated into the kanji for “nine” and “ten.”
“Ju” is “kotobuki,” meaning felicitations and long life. To
celebrate this remarkable milestone, it has been suggested that people
prepare an A4 page collage with birthday greetings and photos, making
the greetings very visual. This is partly to eliminate the need to
translate the messages as has been done in the past. Also, Daisosho must
read a mountain of documents every day, so seeing your smiling faces
and tea activities will be especially meaningful.
To help him
remember all of his many students, please lay out both "before photo" of
you in Midorikai and "after photo" of you today. Please also attach
photos of your present tea activities. If you like, a short handwritten
or typed message can be included. These are only suggestions, please be
creative and have fun!
Finally, please include your name,
country, study period and present address somewhere on the greeting in
order to eliminate the need to search files for this information. Email
your greetings as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 12th.
This account is monitored by Kokusaibu staff, who will print them out
and the album of greetings will be brought to Daisosho on April 18th.
See below for submission guidelines. If you have questions or problems please contact Bruce Hamana at email@example.com
Please share this message with your classmates and encourage them to
participate. Because of the time constraint and the shortage of staff,
no reminders will be sent. This is the only request you will receive.
(It is later than you think; koin ya no gotoshi “light and shadow (day
and night) are like an arrow.” )
Thanks to everyone for submitting your greetings to Daisosho on this wonderful occasion!
Please prepare a document on an A4 size format. (PDF or Word document recommended.)
If you are using Microsoft Word, or other word processing program,
there should be a size A4 selection under Page Setup > Paper Size.
If this is not in your word processing program you can set the A4 size
manually (210mm X 297mm or 8.3inches X 11.7inches).
If you do not have a program to convert your file to a PDF document you can upload it to http://www.zamzar.com/ . This is a free service and a link to the converted PDF file will be emailed back to you within minutes of submitting it.
Include your name, country, study period and present address somewhere
on the greeting in order to eliminate the need to search files for this
Email your greetings as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 12 2013.
Please address questions or problems you may have to Bruce Hamana at email@example.com