August 1, 2003: Commemorative lecture
|Group of Friends Kurume Branch opened a lecture in commemoration with the 100th anniversary of National Group of Friends. The lecturer will be a famous writer Inada Nada. Four members from Oita Branch headed west by a car.
Morning mist clears up along the gentle slope of Mt. Yufu.
|One and a half hours drive took us to Ishibashi Cultural Center in Kurume City.|
As Oita Branch also plans to open similar commemorative meeting of the readers of the Founder. This is why we look through the site.
|Down view from the upstairs. Many guests already fill the hall.|
|In the lobby, many books published from Females' Friends Publisher and the writings by today's lecturer.|
|Lovely baby clothing are displayed. The cute design, taken from the Publisher's book, attracted the attention of the guests.|
|"The commemorative panels are on your left."|
|The panels were carefully selected from what were displayed at Myounichi-Kan Hall in Tokyo for an event held in this April. Lovely kid clothing designs in old days make us feel nostalgia.|
The lecture opened.
|The general leader of Kurume Branch makes a few words in the beginning referring to that all the members read Females' Friends regularly.|
|The lecture by Inada Nada was very witty dotted with scathing criticisms against current social status. Time passed so quickly.
In the end, a young editor from the publisher ended the lecture up with a thanks word.
|The large hall accommodates more than 1,000 guests.|
|The guests came out of the hall and enjoy shopping the books and chatting. Conversation circles are everywhere.|
|Inada Nada autographs on his books patiently.|
|Four members from Oita visited a Chinese restaurant called Chinese Ume Flower, the headquarters of the restaurant chain. Tofu was being produced just in front of us. We enjoyed a little bit late lunch.|
|Pleasant and informative lecture made us feel something. After taking good lunch, we headed east toward home.|