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A light has gone out

We live in a time of Corona virus.  There is no cure, no vaccine, and we have all been asked to sacrifice by staying at home, social distancing 6 feet or more and wear face coverings.  Which seems a small price to pay for staying alive.  For more than 50,000 people who have succumbed …

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Japanese Ceramics quiz

I hope everyone is getting along with social distancing.  While we are at home, I have devised a short quiz for students.  * I have decided to offer prizes for the quiz.  This is an open book quiz and I have put together a resource to help you identify Japanese ceramics:

Intro to Japanese ceramics

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Willows and flowers

I went walking in the suburban wilderness the other day after being inside for the last couple of weeks.  It is exuberant spring everywhere.  Daffodils are rampant.  There are sprouts of  grasses and flowers, new growth on bushes and leaves on trees.

And the willow trees are such a lovely shade of green.  I stopped …

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Issoan Tea School on hiatus until further notice.

We live in a time of Corona Virus.  To protect everyone’s health, Issoan Tea School will be on hiatus until further notice.

Please be good to each other, take care of your health and the health of everyone around you.  Take time to practice self-care. Go for walks. Read. Clean out your closets. Write letters. …

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How to haiken

There is a time in temae, the tea procedure, where the first guest asks the host to haiken the utensils.  Haiken means to look closely with appreciation.  The etiquette for haiken is to first say “osaki ni” to the next guest before placing the utensil in front of you.  First, look at the overall shape …

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