9:45-10:30: Ms. Etsuko Blackburn arrived to make copies for her workshop . She also provided costs for her help with the brochure. She requested consideration of compensation for her son's work with the brochure and program. She suggested $200-300 of the percentage raised from the sale of her work at the Taste of Japan. Her suggestions will be revised by the business and development office this week.
11:30- 2:00 Dr. Jessica Stowell, and Miss Yukiko Yokono, from the Center of East Asia Studies from Tulsa, Japan Foundation consultants for the Nihon No Ajiwai, came to check facilities and progress of the Taste of Japan. Yukiko was driven from Tulsa by Mrs. Yumie Farringer, President of the Association of Friends of Japan in Tulsa. Mrs. Farringer and Miss Yokono will be the instructors of the Tea Ceremony. Funding for their transportation expenses is expected from the Japan Foundation grant when it is released to us.
2:30-3:30: The Nihon No Ajiwai teachers met some of their youth helpers and wrote their workshops' goals, process, special room needs, supplies and budget. The youth helpers introduced themselves by explaining their commitment to the Nihon No Ajiwai.
4:00-7:00: Dr. Tom Warm, his wife, Kimie, Mrs. Tomoko Craig, Mrs. Mari Leslie and Mrs. Clay had dinner at the Sumo restaurant. As a consequence, the Taste of Japan has a bid of $5 bento with goyza, chicken terriyaki, fried rice, California rolls, and free hot green tea. The restaurant will provide chopsticks and cups for the tea. The food will be served by Japanese International students from Oklahoma City University. The food will be delivered in individualized servings on to go containers.
All the information gathered at the Taste of Japan meeting will be sent to the Japan Foundation to finalize their requirements for the grant money to be released to Casady School .
On Wednesday, Mrs. Mary Leslie and Mrs. Clay will petition donations from Japanese car dealerships and Japanese restaurants. Mrs. Etsuko Blackburn will accompany Mrs. Clay on Thursday to business and organizations with the same purpose. Ye-Geun'06, Casady YAC youth chair, will solicit on Saturday.
The Youth as Resources organization is interested in a partnership. Mrs. Clay will meet with members of that organization and the Casady Development Director, Mr. Chris Mauldin, to explore possibilities.
The goal this week is to finish preparations and donations and move on to advertising and pre-registration, Japan Foundation grant funding provided.