Kyoto, Japan

Less than one month after 9/11, I left for Kyoto with a group of Americans to study at the International Headquarters of Ikenobo Ikebana.  Many people thought I was nuts to travel so soon after the attacks on the U.S.

Just a few days before the trip, I was further shocked by the sudden death of my beloved Ikebana teacher, Murayo Sawai.  She had been my mentor and friend, and a great inspiration, for many years.  I knew she would not have wanted me to forego the training in Kyoto for any reason.  So I went in her honor.  When I arrived at the training, I discovered she was known and mourned even in Kyoto.

Although bittersweet, the trip was very special.

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