Wedding Speech, Delivered by Neal Cropper at Rural Caprine Farm, April 21, 2019
(Written by Dave Olson with Neal Cropper)
<Neal> Dear assembled beautiful people, We come together today from all over the world, bridging countries and cultures, to witness the next chapter in an ongoing Okayama love story.
Indeed it was here at this lovely farm that Ryoko and Dave first met. Like all true love, there’s is a completely unique story / this Okayama love story features a drifting painter slash poet and a sunny arborist slash jazz singer finding each other at a friend’s farm at the exact moment that they were both ready to begin this new life.
Since then, the relationship has flourished into one of mutual respect, shared interest, many laughs, and sparking more love each day. Love stories are all different, but the great ones always share a foundation of working together with common interests and passions. In this case, a mutual love of art, music, nature, creativity, compassion, living slow and simple, and building a community of friends.
Note: what follows is the information as was printed upon a sheet which was included in the gift bags as a way to support and thank the various vendors, suppliers, helpers and whatnot for the wedding and build their businesses by fostering community. (pdf attached for your convenience).
For many of these sections (party, giftbag, shrine, pottery etc) there are additional posts and artifacts. As such, this isn’t meant to be comprehensive, just the way the goodness was shared and printed, quite literally the morning of the party with very few modifications in this form.
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Let us introduce the various friends and providers who helped us put together the wedding festivities. Please help us show thanks by offering reviews, likes, shares, photos etc.
Rural Caprine Farm / ルーラルカプリ農場 / Sempei Makoto Kobayashi / 小林真人 party host and food / yagimilk.com/
Noriko Hinuma / 日沼 紀子 / Spice chef / スパイス料理家
Pom / ケーキ工房ポム / cake / pomme101.com
Ryoko suggests every wedding party guests receive a take-home goat in their gift bag. Unfortunately, most apartments and airlines don’t allow them so will stick to Bizen-yake saké cups and other treats.
My groomsmen and I discussing beard styles for upcoming wedding. Very important to coordinate. They declined my suggestion to wear matching kilts however.
This lil fella agreed to fetch me beverages from hold my walking stick as needed in exchange for cuddles. We made a quick agreement.
Of course, the goats are aimless without the careful wisdom of Mac Kobayashi of Rural Caprine Farm who is guided by the Grateful Dead music contained within this Henry Roy Vickers designed box.
> Shrine + Resto + Farm <
This dispatch shares the logistics of getting to and fro various important locations for the wedding festivities, specifically: Munetade Shrine, Fuyahei resto and Rural Caprine Farm goat farm by party via train and taxi. Also, the general plan about what to expect, when to show up and how to dress.
Plus an overview of activities to do with free time like museums (lots), hot springs, picnics, and day trips to Kurashiki (art and canals), Bizen (pottery and swords), Hiroshima (atomic bombs), and Kyoto (everything). Plus tips on staying in communication with all your new friends – both Japanese folks and the other 25 international radicals.