February 19-21, 2004: National GOF research meeting
|I have visited Okayama City, central Japan, today to join a meeting to be held in Okayama GOF house.
In the a concourse, a relief sculpture by Tarou Okamoto is set with the title of "Dynamics."
|On the large wall of the station building is a panorama picture of Kourakuen Park.|
|I caught a taxi to head the hotel I stay tonight. The kind driver plays a roll of sightseeing guide.
This is Okayama Symphony Hall, he said.
|We crossed Asahi river looking Kourakuen Park aside.|
|The hotel has come into sight.|
|The red-brick building is an art museum that displays the works of Yumeji Takehisa, one of my favorite artists. I wish I could drop in there.|
|I took breakfast at the 9th floor restaurant of the hotel in buffet-style. Okayama castle is shining in the morning sun.|
|A beautiful breakfast fascinated me.|
|Just 15 minutes walk took me to the meeting site.|
|The red fence is a good accent of the house.
A kid class will be held today here. A lovely doll guides the kids to the room.
|Fuki-no-tou buds, early spring wild grass buds, welcomed us at the entrance.|
|The landing of the upstairs is decorated with a tapestry on the wall. The title reads "Green shower wind in commemoration with the 100th anniversary of GOF."|
|Beautiful flower and good hanging cloth named "Moon light of Seto Inland sea."|
|Each attendant affixes a blue seal with writing of "Food cost of the year 2003 per person per day."|
|The attendants this time flocked from southern Kanto district to Kyushu Island totaling 230 members.|
|Another flower vase gives us ease.|
|Paper diagrams are still in use in GOF presentation.|
|Home-made lunch was served to all attendants. "Festival sushi", one of special sushi of Okayama was very good.|
|The blue seal affixed at the entrance this morning was displayed. The food cost ranges from 300 yen to 900 yen.|
|After the heated discussion, the first day was over at last.
Three members joined from Oita branch.
|I walked back to the hotel in the evening.
After the dinner, we had a small meeting with Kyushu groups.
|The second day. A Shinkansen train flies just by the fence of the house.|
|So many presentation were reported today as well.|
|Some groups use Power Point.|
|We took lunch at the dinning room.|
|The western style lunch box was very good.|
|During the lunch break we looked around the kid works.|
|The carp streamer is one of the kidsf works. It reminds me of lovely kids making it.|
|Afternoon session. I was moved by the report of the working women. They presented the result of family budget study class using many beautiful circular charts.|
|National GOF has been summing up the family budget data since 1955. A 50-years commemorative report will be issued soon under the title of "National family budget transition and economy."
The 50-year charts are very valuable assets.
|I have learned much from this time meeting. We promised to develop our activities in all around the country.|
|Today's extra 1: February 22|
|Whenever you mention Okayama, the souvenir is Kibi-Dango, of course. I bought a set of it and enjoyed with my aged mother drinking good tea.|
|Today's extra 2: February 23|
|On the next day, we had a group meeting nearby. We prepared spring special treat.|
|Spring comes even in the small dishes.|
The table is filled with spring special foods including Kibi Dango of Okayama.