Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Day 1797: A forever home, at last!

Fronds2, collage, old print & digital

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A year to the day after we were forced from our honbu dojo...


and moved into a temporary dojo,

 now we start classes in our new forever dojo.

(top) front, (lower) back view. 848 N. Parton Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Today was the first class in this new home & we are happy!

If we look hot & tired, we were, but happy.

Having just moved in, there's still more work to do ...
figuring out what goes where. But, we are home.

I asked Demura sensei to smile, and he did, sort of, (top)
so I mentioned Mei, and then the big smile! 

More information mentioned earlier here.
Important to mention the many who volunteered, 
worked, spent their time to make this new home possible.
• First and most important, Demura sensei 
who wanted a permanent home for his students.
Daryoush Shahidzadeh who scoured Santa Ana properties
to find a potential "honbu dojo" that met Demura sensei's list.
• Bob Cherone, Remodeling Contractor at Primoremodel
who donated countless hours rebuilding our new dojo.
• Dave Hines, Industrial Designer, Product Development
for his stellar design expertise & renderings.
• And an army of dojo volunteers, too many to name all,
please forgive any omissions. 

new tatami warriors, Jess, Bill, Dave & Sean
Bob Cherone, Jess Seiffert, Bill Bessert, Roy Center,
Daryoush Shahidzadeh, Jesse Cemme, Michael Keating, 
Michael Cavanaugh, Robert Vasquez, Javier Toledo
Jared Stanton, Tina Forsythe,  Sean Demura, Juan Moreno

Some of the warriors! Jared, Tina, Sean, Bob, Jess, Bill, photo taken by Robert

On behalf of all of us ... Arigatou gozaimasu.

91 degrees, Sunny, Santa Ana, CA

First class in our forever dojo!

A smile for Tuesday ...

Monday, June 26, 2017

Day 1796: Missed a picnic, went to a party!

My place, Chung King, Hong Kong, photo

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My calendar isn't often so busy as to have multiple events.
But I asked Demura sensei if I might miss our karate picnic
this year as I had attended almost all before. He said yes.

photo by Robert Tjan

It's our annual fun event at beautiful Irvine Park.

photo by Mei Okumura

I missed out there, but I did get to go to a another special party!

Three generations of the Nomura family met at the
Golden Dragon for a surprise birthday lunch for 
the family matriarch, June Nomura. My hero.

June & favorite son-in-law, Mark

And afterwards on to Grandma's house ...

the photo (r) from their 60th anniversary

Greatly missed, Grandpa Tom Nomura,
still in our hearts and thoughts at every gathering.
His obi framed on the wall.

Time for cake!

And what a great cake. Thanks Lori!

And a musical moving candle! Wow!

Happy Birthday June Nomura!

A smile for Monday ...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Day 1795: Cutest flower girls ever!

farm life, collages, photo & digital

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Years & years ago, 55 to be exact, there was a wedding.
And in that wedding were the cutest flower girls ever. Ever!

Alans & Carmen

Cousin Katha's daughters were 4 and 2, and perfect!

Alana went first, so Carmen could follow her example.
Their job, to drop rose petals every so often.

Carmen forgot that part & when she noticed ...
she dropped a whole tiny fist full in one place.
My Dad & I were waiting our turn & had a perfect view.
He let out with a huge laugh.
I think it was his favorite memory.

When I was hunting up these photos ...
I found a swatch of the bridesmaid & flower girls dress fabric.

antique gold satin

And yes, they did have color photography back then, but ...
we were on a budget, so opted for sepia.
The wedding cost $400. 
I designed the bridal & bridesmaid gowns & flower girl dresses.

Ruth Shoemaker made them all from just my drawings!
As members, we were able to use the church free.
The Minister fee was $50, the license $5. 

The reception was cake & lemonade in the church basement.

Simpler times, but even then it was a bargain.

A smile for Sunday ...