|The first ever Urasenke Tankokai Seinenbu
Summer Conference, sponsored by the head office of Chado Urasenke Tankokai,
Inc. and enjoying an attendance of approximately 530 Tankokai Seinenbu (Youth
Division) members, was held from July 19-21, 2002, at the Tokyo Dome Hotel.
The aim of the Conference was to foster Seinenbu leaders by promoting
self-development. In attendance from the Urasenke head family were Tankokai
Chairman SEN Soshi and Vice Chairman IZUMI Soko Masakazu.
At the opening ceremony, Chairman SEN Soshi explained to
the attendees that they were pioneers building the future of the Seinenbu. A
congratulatory address was given by Seinenbu advisor NAKASONE Hirofumi
(member, House of Councilors; former Minister of Education, Science, and
Culture). Tokyo Governor ISHIHARA Shintaro gave the keynote address,
"Your Pride as a Japanese." Later, there was a name-card exchanging
hour, and then the attendees divided into seven "prep session"
groups headed by past and current Seinenbu committee chairmen. The central
day, the attendees listened to talks and panel discussions, and there was a
period for Chairman SEN Soshi to respond to questions submitted in advance.
The closing ceremony was from 4:30 P.M., and finally there was a social
gathering, attended by about 380 participants, followed by regional
after-parties for those who opted. On July 21, the Urasenke Tokyo Branch
welcomed registrants to a tour of the facilities and a bowl of tea.