New Vision has a legacy relationship with a Tokyo all-girls school that was begun in 1884 by a member of Centenary United Church.  A founder in Japanese culture is practically an ancestor to those who pass through such an institution.  24 Main W has the element of a shrine to the founder of the school (Toyo Eiwa), Martha Cartmell.

Five years ago alumnae of Toyo Eiwa gifted a cherry tree garden to the City of Hamilton in recognition of all the Canadian women missionaries who taught at Toyo Eiwa and especially its founder, Martha. The garden is in the Dundas Valley. Today 11 alumnae came to a 5 year anniversary celebration of the garden organized by Rev’ds Seiichi Ariga and Wayne Irwin. The group aslo visited Marth Cartmell’s grave, and enjoyed a  reception at New Vision in the Music Hall hosted by the Martha Cartmell UCW unit.

The cherry trees have not quite blossomed. I took that as a good sign – of the potentiality of good relationships, sustained and developed. The blossoms come when they will, and the fruit, in due course.

See you Sunday ~

Rev. Ian

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