Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Not your average spar-and-lashings construction project

One of my regular international travel challenges is to track down the national flag of the country I am visiting so I can get one for my brother Colin’s vexillological collection. This was accomplished via escaping from the conference during the middle of the day, catching the subway north to the Kyoto CBD, and making my way to the address that had been given to me. I managed to find the shop, and, thanks to Google translate on my phone, was able to “tell” the shop people what I was looking for and thus became the proud temporary owner of a large Japanese flag. There are no photos of all of this.

However, not far from the shop, I was intrigued to observe the construction—involving massive timbers and lots of lashing rope—of the wooden framework of a big “carriage”/tower which will be part of a parade and festival that will take place after I’ve left.

For those readers who are Australian Scout leaders, I’m not sure that any of the lashings are actually “Japanese lashings”! It seems unlikely that the thing is going to fall apart.

Apparently the tower ends up on wheels and gets paraded through the streets. There was a model of one such contraption back at the hotel, and although the photo isn’t fantastic it gives a bit of an idea of what the finished product was going to look like.

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