I joined the New Year meeting of the International Succulent Institute Japan (ISIJ) for 2016 with Misaki Kiya, an author, and Eiji Nakamura, a leather craft designer/horticulturist. The place was dominated by heat and excitement. They held a competitive exhibition, a bingo game, and an auction. In the exhibition, Mr Nakamura's works (in the topmost middle photo) won a prize. There were participants from other East Asian countries, who were there to purchase Japanese cultivars.