October 1, 2003: The 50th anniversary of Tamanoyu Hotel
|Mt. Yufu welcomes us with its beautiful slope under the blue sky.|
|Tamanoyu Hotel, one of the best Japanese hotels in Yufuin spa, cerebrates its 50th anniversary today. We were invited to the ceremony.|
|From 11 a.m, Grand Hannya Ceremony was held. Tamanoyu was founded in 1958 as a sanatorium of Zen priests.|
|A Buddha image is set on the front wall.|
|The Ceremony was carried out by many priests to pray for the ancestors, flourishing of Yufuin valley, and the peaceful world.|
|After the ceremony, we moved to Yufuin Museum nearby. The leaves have already started to change the colors.|
|A huge cosmos flower set is in the center of the garden.|
|many famous guests flock here today. "What is the taste of beer today?" Mr. Ono, the originator of the first local beer Yufuin, smiles at us. "Sure!" my husband responded.|
Today's leaders, Ms. Izumi Kuwano who becomes the new president of the Hotel and her father Kumpei Mizoguchi , former president, gave me a photo opportunity.
Thanks party starts. The emcee is Mr. Taro Nakaya of Kamenoi Besso Hotel.
|Morihiko Hiramatsu, former governor of Oita prefecture, makes a few words representing the guests.|
|Kazuyo Edamoto, ex-singer of Takarazuka sang a cerebrating song.|
|Kouhei Tsuka, a prominent entertainer, proposed a toast.|
Emi Kobayashi, a beautiful regular member of Yufuin Music Festival played wonderful music.
|Her wonderful melody sounds in autumn fine day of Yufuin Valley. Hiroko Komoriya accompanied her with piano.|