My friends from Edmonton were in town last weekend, and one of them couldn't live without stopping at the Textile Museum off Dundas. I only just realized she would have loved to meet this woman. The exhibit we saw was about Frida Kahlo and the traditional Mexican clothing she wore every day. Juni's got the same thing going on. When I met her at the archery range, she was in traditional Chinese dress, sewn herself, amongst a sea of other archers in shorts and tees. And her bow styles matched the outfit.
A Chinese culture promoter, she's a celebrated guqin player (she taught herself to play the stringed instrument!), an authority on the Han Clothing Revival Movement, and she's been a big player in an online culture of Han revivalists that bubbled up when they found each other and their passion for Chinese culture from the 1600s to early 1900s.
Seems Juni nails every enterprise she takes on. She exacts every detail with determination. In contrast with me, whom she deftly pegged as a boiler-downer. I'm totally doing an injustice to her whole backstory but the link here'll let her tell her story herself, in a way, anyhow. She's got a big dish cooking low and slow: a Chinese archery ceremony in Toronto. With the Chinese embassy involved and learned from Confucian scholars. No big deal, right?
But - and I (and many other archers in the 416) can totally relate to this - finding the right place for a little archery has been a stumper. The need to get the details right has made this a househunt years in the works, during which Juni's gotten her NCCP coaching cert and gained a strategic ally in the Hart House Archery Club.
She needs a venue big like a gymnasium, with a stage or structure about 5 steps up, preferably covered with a roof of some sort. The rest is open ground. Just to give you a roughed-in idea. If you can read the characters, the diagram here might make it all clear, but that's the shape of things, anyhow. Now, just like combing the MLS for a house to buy, I'm sure that in all of Toronto, there are probably multiple right fits, and I'm sure I'd go bonkers trying to search just one out, so I'm picking your brains.
Take a minute. Think it over.
If a match comes to mind, drop Juni a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you find a place for her, make sure you get invited to the traditional feast that's involved!