On Saturday, I presented my cultural paper to an audience in the Little Yoshiwara Pavillion. Aynnie, Matthew and Marty attended as well as my Onesan, Suzuko-san and several sisters from the okiya. There were other patrons including several samurai. It was a much larger crowd than I had expected, so I was much more nervous. Below is a photo I took of me all alone on stage with my display board. I wore black because I felt like this was a more formal occassion.
My Onesan told me that my presentation went well and that meant a lot to me. Also, after the presentation, I invited the patrons to visit my garden and about six people followed me over. I believe my tea house was a big hit and I pointed out several of the details that are needed to perform the tea ceremony.
This past weekend I felt better than I’ve felt in months. I think the work I did in changing my lifestyle, or more correctly, my stock trading activities, has paid off. I’ve been weakened by stress before in my life and I usually don’t recognize the signs until I get sick. Hehe. Note to self: In the future, look for signs of stress. Hehe.