Date & Time: The first online tour: Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
The second online tour: Saturday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Place: Each joined from home
Participant: Indian-British woman
Attendants: three KSGG members
Theme: “Flowers & Japanese-Style Confectionery”, “Flower Patterns for Traditional Japanese Accessories and Clothing”, “Floral Calendar”.
Report by Yasuhiro
Online tours can show hospitality regardless of the distance to the participants or the tour spots. On the other hand, it is difficult for the participants to enjoy the tour directly using their five senses on the online tour. The flowers, the theme of the time, was much more difficult to introduce online. Fortunately, in Kamakura, there are religious facilities associated with “flower temples” such as Meigetsuin Temple (Hydrangea), Hokaiji (Japanese bush clover and weeping plum) Zuisenji Temple (Narcissus) and so on.
The KSGG members made story-centered conversation by introducing the temple and typical flowers of each month. They also introduced the language of those flowers. Both the woman and KSGG members unmuted and expressed their opinions freely. The discussion got gradually excited. Additional online discussion was held on 9th in a friendly manner. On the second day, one of the KSGG members explained “Japanese traditional designs of flowers on Kimono” and another member talked about medicinal flowers. The visitor, who is a doctor, asked KSGG to explained about this topic before the tour. Of course, she was deeply impressed by the explanation. This event proceeded exactly in a delightful atmosphere. The online guide for her is still likely to continue.