The 30-hour overnight workshop was held Saturday and Sunday at Ten-Sho-An.

The 30-hour overnight workshop started at lunch on Saturday with soba noodles. After we finished the soba noodles, we started with a walk around the Ten-Sho-An area to pick out our favorites before we introduced ourselves. Some brought home bouquets of wildflowers, others picked up persimmons left on a persimmon tree in the field, others took pictures of moss from a local temple… We introduced ourselves while explaining them.

The workshop was over at midnight…but the hot conversation never ended. Some people stayed up all night.
The full moon in Ten-Sho-An lit up the quiet night.
Breakfast was a buffet style meal of rice, miso soup, omelette, ham and eggs, toast and pasta salad.
After breakfast, we took a short break and continued our hard work until the evening.

During the two days, we did a total of about 15 worksop sessions, which were filled with tears, laughter, and silly stories, as we talked to each other honestly based on our own experiences. This is not a scene that is possible in a knowledge-packed educational program.

Then, on Sunday, around sunset, we had a farewell meeting with coffee and sweets. Afterwards, everyone left for home with a warm heart and a slightly tired body.

About five people from remote areas such as Nagano and Tokyo and seven people from nearby cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga participated in this first real event at Ten-Sho-An.

For a first event, there were no accidents or problems, and the event was successfully completed. We would like to thank everyone who participated. Also, thank you to Micchan, Koji-san, who supported the event behind the scenes.

Originally posted on November 2, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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