Tsunamasako 300 Year Celebration

Many months, years of preparation were put into the 300 year anniversary celebration of the building of Sogenji by Ikeda Tsunamasako. Today 150 guests joined the Kenchashiki, the formal tea ceremony taking place in the Hondo prepared by the Bizenryu tea school, Domyo playing the shakuhachi. Among the guests was also Atsuko sama, the older sister of the present emperor of Japan and widow of the last descendant of the Ikeda clan. Beautiful bento lunch boxes were served by Ajiro from Kyoto with the Chocho butterfly family emblem of the Ikeda family on the double layered box.

Below an old scroll from 1698 with Tsunamasako

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