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::::: Activity Report: April 9th, 2013 :::::

posted Apr 10, 2013, 8:20 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 2:38 AM by INFO ICT ]
On a beautiful spring day, April 9, 6 participants including ICT members took part in a guided walk and a picnic lunch in Tokyo. We originally planned only to have a picnic, but we changed our schedule to add a walking tour at the Imperial Palace (Kokyo), which is
built on the site of the old Edo castle, before a picnic!
Our professional guide, Harumi who is an experienced tour guide, conducted us into the Palace for 1.5 hours. Thanks to her funny and clear explanation in each area, we had a great time learning about what the gates look like in the Edo Period, what roles gatekeepers assume at guard stations and where the crest “Mitsuba-aoi (
three leaves of hollyhock in a circle)” come from etc.. Taking all participants by surprise, more than 1,300 species of plants have grown there. That means there is a big oasis in the center of Tokyo!

After walking around the Palace, we had a picnic on the grass while having fancy lunch boxes, rich taste puddings and cubic rice crackers. We invited the special guest, a Furoshiki master, Rie Inaba, started the Furoshiki performance (various changes), and we all clapped along with her song. Under her instruction, we really enjoyed making a small bag, bottle holder and hat with using Furoshiki printed beautiful patterns.

A very special thank you to all participants who joined the ICT event! Although the location and the starting time were changed the day before the event, we had an amusing conversation with friendly company. And also we had an excellent learning about the Imperial Palace and a hands-on activity how to use Furoshiki under the blue sky!







(posted by Tsubasa Kato)