|On November 25, 2002, a meeting of the board of directors and councilors of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Inc., followed by
the organization's regular national general meeting for autumn, was held at the Kyoto Hotel Okura. It was the
organization's memorable 100th general meeting since it became a legally incorporated body in 1953.
The board meeting commenced at 12:30. There were twenty-eight directors and supervisors, and
seventy-eight councilors, assistant councilors, and special councilors in attendance. Firstly, a minute of silent
prayer was observed for Prince Takamado (youngest brother of Mme. SEN Masako), who unexpectedly passed away on
Zabosai SEN Soshi chaired the meeting, and the various bill proposals put before the board all
received unanimous approval. Vice-chairman NAYA Yoshiharu reported on matters related specifically to the Urasenke
head house, after which the two recently appointed Konnichian elders (rôbun), IKAWA Takao (Chief Executive, Oji Paper
Co., Ltd.; Tankokai board member; President, Tankokai Mishima Chapter) and HONJO Hachiro (President, Ito En Ltd.;
Tankokai board member; President, Tankokai Tokyo West No. 3 Chapter; Professor, Tianjin University of Commerce Urasenke
Junior College of the Way of Tea), each presented a few words. Then Tankokai Executive Director SEKINE Hideji reported
about matters related to the Tankokai general headquarters.
The general meeting, at which the presidents and executive managers of the nation's 165 chapters and
2 sub-chapters convened, commenced at 2:00. Grand Master SEN Soshitsu XV, in his opening address, explained about his
decision to turn over the position of grand master (iemoto) to Zabosai. Following this, Zabosai gave an address,
stating that his becoming grand master from January 1 next year would be an extension of his forty-six years of life
to that point, and that, as grand master, he intends to endeavor every day in his training and never be negligent.
Then he announced his 2003-2004 guidelines for the organization.