Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
Hello! This is Nagisa writing again. Just a month ago, I took a part in a birthday party at a cafe in Kyoto. That was Teruko Sensei's one. She is a minister, and a college teacher. I met her at the college, and I took some of her classes about care work and psychology. Every her class was always unique and fun! She is also powerful and very humorous. So, there were lots of fans around her, including me. She sometimes took me and other students out for dinner such as Sushi, Yakitori, and buffet-style restaurant, even after we've graduated. By the way, how many people do you think were coming to the party? The answer is... over 300 people! Can you believe it? Over 300 people came to the party to say to "Happy Birthday!" to her! I realized strongly that she is adored by everyone. Also, I spent really good time, and I'm so happy to see her and old friends after a long absence. I want her to live for a long time!
Here is the photo I'd taken with Teruko Sensei and my friends at the party. When I ask them to use this photo for the newsletter, 3 of 4 said to me "Sure!" However, one of them said that "OK, but please retouch it beautifully!" So, I did it just a little bit. haha
After the party, I went to Nijo Castle, one of the famous world heritages in Kyoto. It was my second time to visit there. First time, I visited there at night to see 'Art Aquarium'. Thousands of goldfishes were displayed and illuminated fantastically in the garden.
Nijo Castle is the place where is the beginning and ending of Edo period. It was built in 1603 by Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of Tokugawa shogunate. And the Tokugawa shogunate lasted for 15th generation, about 260 years. Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the last shogun, returned political power back to the Emperor at Ninomaru Palace in Nijo Castle, and the historical event is called 'Taisei Hokan'. This year marks the 150th anniversary of 'Taisei Hokan'. This time, I saw the inside Ninomaru Palace. It is decorated so luxuriously with paintings and relieves on it 'Fusuma'(sliding partition), 'Ranma'(transom window), and ceiling. Lots of traditional Japanese motifs such as seasonal flowers, birds, and animals, can be seen everywhere. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited at the Palace. So, I highly recommend you to go there, and to see them with your own eyes! I want you to walk on the nightingale corridor, too! You can also see the main room which 'Taisei Hokan' has taken place. By the way, my friend said, "It gives me a sense of history." Why don't you feel the history wearing Kyoto design Kimono or Obi?
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