We had our very first Cultural Exchange program on Thursday October 13, 2011 at the Brookline Public Library. It was a success. 23 members attended. We all shared a potluck lunch and dessert.
Iko had just returned from Japan where she had attended a glamorous wedding hosted by a renowned family in Japan. She talked about how Japanese weddings have changed through the generations from the traditional (Shinto) weddings of her parents, where the bride wore elegant kimonos, to the current popularity among the youth of wearing white wedding dresses (following the Christian tradition), with French cuisine for the wedding dinner. She mentioned that in Japan they appreciate all things French.
Iko also bought her own wedding album to share with us and she regaled us with stories of matchmakers and the role of men and women in a Japanese marriage.
Meera, who had lived in Japan for some years, bought several kimono. Iko demonstrated how to wear a kimono by putting one on Lalitha.
We concluded the cultural program by discussing the next Cultural Exchange event, which will take place Nov. 10. The subject will be the American Thanksgiving Tradition.
submitted by Lalitha.