I find myself in the lands of Gleann Abhann. Upon arrival in the Kingdom, I was invited to attend a Christmas Revel in the Barony of Axemoor. I was interested but, since it was not a part of the travel plans, was not prepared with the proper attire to attend. So I sent word back home to have my garments sent forward and agreed to attend. I don't prefer to have down-time while at an event, so I offered to teach a class on kosode construction. This apparently came at a good time, as the class coordinator informed me that they had some cancellations and could fill some of the empty slots with my class.
Several days passed and it was now the day before the event. In the midst of preparation, I received word from home that my garments would not make it in time. After a few small private fits on my part, the scrambled quest began of finding garments that I could wear. Lady Johanna Merryngton was kind enough to take up the task of finding a garment for me, but unfortunately had no success. I even considered rummaging through my Lords garments for something to wear, but hard to do if there is only one set of clothing between the two of us. By the end of the evening, I was still empty handed. It seems true that at your worst moments is when you have a stroke of genius. I gathered up the bed linens, some pins and a length of cord, and produced the finest garment I could create in the early hours of the morning.
The morning of the event came too soon. But we gathered ourselves and began the day. No sooner that I made my way through the doors; it was time to teach my class. It was uncommonly cold in the Barony of Axemoor, causing a slow start to the day. I expected that my class may be overlooked due to the small morning attendance, but within little time there were good gentles looking to take the class. I had a wonderful time teaching. It was a small group, but that always makes for an interesting discussion. More time can be spent asking specific questions on the subject, rather than simply running through the planned information. This was especially important this time since I had a newcomer in my class, a newcomer to the SCA and interested in Japanese persona. I enjoy it when this happens because I can give that person a head start on their research. It can be difficult to find information on the culture you are interested in, especially if it is not a more common persona choice. Having an individual who can guide you in the right direction at the start of your journey can be a great relief.
Feeling under the weather, I retired to a quiet corner to rest while my Lord finished presenting his classes on the history of magic and the introduction to conjuring. It was our initial intent to take our leave after obligations were met, but Lady Johanna insisted that we stay for feast. So in the down time before feast, I sat and made a pair of zori (Japanese sandals) made of cloth in the colors of the Kingdom. I was informed that they were in need of largess for children. Since their Majesties hail from Nihon, I thought it might be a pleasure for them to receive an item from our homeland. So a pair of children's size 4 zori were made and presented to their Majesties during feast. It was an absolute joy to meet them. I hope we have a chance to cross paths in the future. It is rare to meet other Nihonjin in the SCA, let alone a Shogun. Our meeting with their Majesties was only a small portion of feast. Much of our time was spent in the good company of Lady Johanna and her family. Many stories and laughs were shared, even some at my expense as I became the target of my Lord's drink from across the table. A mere accident of course, simply not accustom to the style of drinking vessel Lady Johanna provided for the evening. Even still much enjoyment was had and shortly after feast, we took our leave. If I find myself in the Barony at this time in the coming years, I hope to be able to return for their Christmas Revel...properly prepared.