With the plans at the Japanese end being well underway, funding for their side of project has been obtained from the "Green Business Fund" and planning permission has been applied for, the European team met on 16 January to discuss their plans and funding opportunities. The German delegation gathered at Hannes' home and those from further afield 'visited' using Skype - a laptop computer and a data projector enabling them to talk to the rest of the group!
The initial plans were agreed:
dates 7-21 August 2010 location nr Enzan, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
around 40 Japanese craftsmen will attend
around 30 European craftsmen have expressed an interest in attending (2 French, 8 Czech, 3 UK, 1 Swedish, 15 German, 1 Dutch) plus Nicola as photographer/video recorder
the Japanese delegation will lead the building of a tea house
the European delegation will lead the building of a pavilion with barbecue area and table football facilities
the buildings will be temporary and will travel around colleges in Japan after the event
The Japanese will arrange to collect the European delegation from the
airport, take them to the site and provide subsidised food and
accommodation. Hannes will organise a group booking for flights to Tokyo to obtain the best price. Everyone will look for funding opportunities within their own countries.