The Nelson Izu-shi Friendship Society hosted a gathering in Cottonwood Falls Park on Sunday October 23rd 2016 to enjoy the beautiful colours of the autumn leaves. The event was a great success thanks to a large number of volunteers and many participants.
Activities included short talks by members of the society:
on the Friendship Garden
on the Spring 2017 delegation to Izu-shi,
and on memories of previous visits to Izu-shi.
Children enjoyed finding colourful leaves and making posters, participants sang the Japanese seasonal song Momiji about koyou, (maple leaves turning into fall colours), and everyone really enjoyed a special demonstration by Keith Sensei and the Kyokushin Karate Club.
Japanese treats and tea were popular and we raised over $60 in donations.
Of course, the beautiful autumn leaves were the main attraction on the sunny fall afternoon!
Thank you to the many volunteers: Grace Devaux, Margot, Bernie, Shoko and John organized the event; Namiko arranged for the karate demonstration; Margot planned and supervised the children’s activities; Yuri and Shoko made the delicious treats; Curt provided the sound system; Robin Trudel took the photos (see gallery below); Bernie built a new support for our display board and made sure the bridge and gate in the Friendship Garden sparkled; Emiko, Shana, Grace Nakano, June, Mary and Yukako helped too.
Thanks to Tyler Harper, Nelson Star, for covering the event.
A special thanks goes to local firm Speedpro Signs who donated the impressive new banner shown in this photo: