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Doing the work

When I do tea presentations at different venues, I need to set up the tatami, shoji and tea room as well as set up the mizuya. It takes about an hour to pack every thing up and load the car, an hour to heat water, clean and set up at the venue, an hour to …

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O-Tsukimi, the Moonviewing Festival

Last night was a beautiful evening for moonviewing.  At the Portland Japanese Garden we participated in the O-tsukimi festival with a celebration of Japanese culture.  The weather was cloudy during the day, but as the evening deepened, all the clouds dissapated to reveal the moon.  The celebration will continue tonight and tomorrow night. It is …

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Introduction to Chado Class now forming

Chado, The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Introduction to Chado class Starts on Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm. 10 weeks The essence of Japanese culture is contained in Chado, the way of tea. Students in this class will learn the etiquette of how to be a guest at a tea ceremony, the basic order of the …

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Tea and music

I had an excellent comment from a reader of the blog regarding the similarities of Chado and music. It was brought more into focus for me this week when I had a fellow teacher from Seattle visit. The teacher’s partner is an accomplished musician and we had a long and interesting discussion comparing chado and …

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Breathe

Breathing is essential to life. The air that fills our lungs fills our bodies with oxygen so we can function at all levels. Breathing is involuntary, that is, you do not have to think about it. The body automatically does it, just as the heart pumps blood through arteries and veins. But, unlike the …

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