News Desk May 2012
Japanese Culture lecture at Seattle University Casey Hall Room 400 with professors, students and members of Group including distant learning people through Skype who are going to visit Japan for Pilgrim Zen Training in June organized by Kosho Itagaki Zenshi. After the class, we had one hour Zazen meditation session inside Saint Ignatius Chapel.
Casey Hall, Seattle U. Room 400 St.Ignatius Chapel, Seattle U.
Kind words from Professor Jason Martin Wirth of Seattle University:
Dear Takahashi Sensei,
On behalf of the pilgrims, I want to thank you for your beautiful and artistic talk last night. It was a big inspiration for all of the pilgrims to seek out the part of Japan that is a world treasure. It will help us not only with our Zen training at Yoko-ji, but also with the Zen of everyday life. We are also very grateful for all of the hard work that you put into preparing your lecture.
And we are very excited about Shojin Ryori and Kaiseki Ryori. In these cuisines we can taste the meeting point of deep practice and high culture.
Thank you for sharing your mind and heart with us.
Tetsuzen with bows
Open Doors For Multicultural Families
dedicated to the needs of diverse families who have loved ones with developmental disabilities
and special health care needs.
Fundraising Auction/Dinner was held at O'Asian Restaurant in Seattle on June 2, 2012 and we
donated total value of $600.00 worth out of total $15,000.00 raised. My special thank you goes to:
Mr. & Mrs. Tomio Moriguchi
Mr. & Mrs. Masa Terada of Rikki Rikki Japanese Restaurant in Kirkland
Mr. & Mrs. Mitsuaki Hara of Kiku Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue
Mr. & Mrs. Takashi Asakawa of Shima Japanese Restaurant in Bainbridge Island
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Guite of American Preparedness in Burien for Survival Kit
Mr. Peter Fung , Board Member of Open Doors For Multicultural Families
for all your warm support and contribution. Without your friendship and generosity,
I am nowhere now.
July and August 2012
We are having a busy summer season with overseas guests from France, Japan and other countries. We showed around many local sightseeing spots and recreation areas to the guests. We also donated over $600 value in kind to Japan-America Society for their annual event.
Home made French cuisine in Camano Island
August 19, 2012
One of Japan's top modern art swordsmith, Yoshindo Yoshihara, opened his US sword making studio in Kirkland, Washington and firing ceremony was held with cooperation of Tatsuhiko Konno, 7th Dan, certified Kendo master by inviting Consul General of Japan, Mr. & Mrs. Kiyokazu Ota. The event was organized by Hiroshi Onaka, master of Shorinji Kenpo. The goal is to preserve Japanese traditional art sword making craftsmanship and be appreciated by local art loving people. We cooperated the event with volunteer catering service. About 50 people participated. Mr. Yoshihara is an Intangible National Asset of Japan.
From left, Mr. Onaka, Mr. Konno, Mr. Yoshihara and Consul General Mr. Ota
Helene and Paul Fondere family from France Tobi Seeger from Munich, Germany
September 11 Crossroads Park Moment of Silence with City of Bellevue, Microsoft, Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Mr. Hiroshi Takano, Photo-journalist from Japan visits Washington State to shoot water related photos
At TYbee Island, Savannah, Georgia @Charleston, S.C.
At 53rd Overseas Japanese Nikkeijin Immigrant Convention at Iikura Koukan, Tokyo
with Foreign Minister, Mr. Koichiro Genba
With a member of House of Councilors, Ms. Seiko Hashimoto
At the party hosted by His Highness Hitachinomiya and Hanako sama
Washington State Kyotojin-Kai, Kyoto People's Club, Grand Opening Ceremony at Nagomi Tea House in Seattle
Holiday season opens in Leavenwoth, Washington
Bellevue Senior Center 2012 Christmas Luncheon Party
Kyotojinkai New Year's committee meeting Mr. Kaneko, hospital management consultant
Bellevue Community Center Valentine Day appreciation of volunteer Luncheon
Tohoku Earthquake Tsunami 2nd Anniversary Recovery Event at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, volunteer work
for North American Post Publisher and for American Preparedness Survival Kits promotion
One Village One Product Campaign, promotion of Montana depopulated small village revitalization program making
original natural beauty soap using Hot Spring clay, only one of
a kind in the world, called "Montana Yunohana Beauty Soap"
with fragrance of Lime/Cedarwood, Rose, Jasmine & Rosemary-
Eucalyptus, test marketing started, produced by Sam Takahashi
Discovery Molokai, Hawaii - Nature and Food
Rope balance teacher Alexander Berman
Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival
volunteer work with Mr. Takano, photo-journalist from Osaka, appealing coexistence of Water, man, and universe
Performance at Keiro Home, Seattle At Seattle Center Pavilion At Bellevue Community Center
At Seattle University St. Ignatius Chapel
Washington State Export Promotion Food Business Marketing Trip to Tokyo and Osaka
With Ms. Marjorie Dewey of WA State tourism director, Japan
Japanese Culinary Academy 7th Annual Meeting in Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Government - Cultural Agency now requesting United Nations UNESCO to include Japanese cuisine in World Intangible Cultural Asset to promote authentic Japanese food to the world.
Bellevue City Senior Center Father's Day Special Event with Chinese Chorus Group singing:
Visit to Furin Oka Japanese style Bed & Breakfast in Bainbridge Island:
Montana Road Trip visiting Hot Springs and Whitefish for Yuno Hana Soap Making:
Alameda's Retreat Hot Spring and One Village One Product Montana craft making.
Japanese National Museum Nikkei Convention at Seattle Sheraton Hotel: participated with our booth to sell our private brand Yuno Hana Hot Springs soap, 20% of sales donated to North American Post Foundation. People came from all over the country including NY, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. Lori Matsukawa, friend from KING TV, and Norman MIneta, former Secretary of Commerce and Transportation came to our booth.
With Christopher Kong, son of Seattle Italian restaurant Perche No owner. Chris is now training at Michelin 3 star French restaurant, Guy Savoy in Singapore.
August, 2013 through November, 2013
Busy month, one trip to Montana and Cranbrook, British Columbia, then, Kansai(Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto) Business & Tourism seminar inviting Mr. Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hyogo Prefecture, Mr. Shigetaka Sato, Chairman of Osaka Chamber of Commerce, and, Mr. Tsuneoki Okuhara, President of Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, held at Bell Harbor, then, Mr. Eikei Suzuki, Governor of Mie Prefecture visited our Japanese community to promote Mie's products and exchange of people and its own culture. I am interested in exchange of High School Culinary Students between the two States and proposed to initiate and develop the program with collaboration of South Seattle Community College involved and my culinary network with Japanese and American restaurant owners.
September through October, we took a road trip to Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona(4 corners), Nevada, California and Oregon 6,400 Kilo driving. Then, we had US-Japan Business Seminar @Bellevue City Hall, Montana soap sales at Nagomi Tea House in Seattle.
In November, Kyoto Club had second annual general meeting at Nagomi Tea House, and, 2nd Bridge fundraising musical benefit concert at Renton Performing Center with main guest entertainer, Eddy Fukano, music arranger and country singer, by Sam's arrangement.
With Father Michel Renou from Provence, France With Joe Purdy
With President of Kyoto Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Okuhara With Governor of Mie Prefecture, Mr. Suzuki