In planning for the wedding party at Mr. Mac Kobayashi’s Rural Caprine Farm, we set out to transform his goat barns into a 1920s-ish Taisho-era-esque jazz lounge meets eclectic nature retreat. We needed places for band to set-up to play comfortably, for ceremony with seating and small stage, for a grand table for bride and groom, an area to have guest book and photo booth, stash gift bags, make name tags and choose and decorate custom bamboo cup, plus dancing, chilling, serving food, cooking food (bar–b-que spits), and also 10+ beverage stations including a tea ceremony experience and oh yeah, an area for mothers and babies to chill out.
In all this planning came the following sketches (executed by Ryoko), shared here for posterity and amusement. (Note: possibly more sketches to follow).
Oh and these were used by Oka-sensei who constructed stages and backdrops and other staging in a truly remarkable manner and by friends who set up stations and decorations on the morning of the event.
Note: more evidence of the results are found elsewhere in this archive.
A lot of things to tell about… We’re rolling slow, visiting tiny museums and riding various trains.
Also have ordered printing of handmade thank-you cards for wedding guests and gift-givers.
My body is achey but heart and head are splendid (two out of three…).
Yesterday Toyama, today the mountains.
Also, haven’t forgotten about acknowledging all of your lovely comments, photos and cards. Thanks for those.
Love is love is love is love, etc. #DRO420
Picnic at edge of the known world, with natural table flowers
For record: (near) Goshikigahama Beach
Shinbo, Noto, Hosu District, Ishikawa
Inscribed my “Today- A letter!” haiku for Hongo Sensei into his book
Sentinel tree enjoys support
Of decommissioned trees
Liberally in olden growth
Shinto shrine employs extra Gods
To bless endless school kid trips
And impending foreign throngs
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Guidelines for trip: roll variety of “just right” speed transportation; visit forgotten/under-appreciated/known museums, hot springs and shrines; spend time with curious folks to bring gifts and stories, plus variety of accommodations.
Update: Progressing well on all requirements. Details follow…
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Sushi hitherto unknown
Yet pressed into translation help
Explaining sake to Germans
Grateful for healthy (and fun) friends, new (and persistent) family, bamboo forests, fresh flowers, and most especially for sweet Ryoko.
Hooray we are married, let’s go have fun!
PS Thank you for choosing to marry me. I will always be kind, sweet, supportive, creative, patient and close by your side.