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Archery and chado

I have recently taken up the sport of archery. It is not the Japanese form of archery, Kyudo, but modern target archery with a recurve bow. Now archery is not a sport of athleticism and it doesn’t take a lot strength, although you will see some guys at the range bragging about how many pounds …

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Kobukusa Making

Last week we had a workshop on how to make a kobukusa taught by sempai Kate.  The first thing we did is learn how to test fabric to find out the fiber content. Different fabrics react differently to being burned.  Using samples of known content, we tested them by burning and comparing to the handy …

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Supporting players

Not everyone gets to be the star every time.  The lead singer or guitarist gets all the accolades and the bass player and drummers get little notice. Quite often it is these supporting players, who make the stars look their best.  We tend to focus on the front men, and ignore the behind the scenes …

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Kobukusa making workshop

Saturday, May 13, 11:00 am. Fee $10. Kobukusa making workshop taught by Kate Comstock. Students will learn about fabrics used for kobukusa, a small cloth used in Chanoyu. Pattern, written instructions, and fabric testing kit will be included. Techniques for sewing, secrets for perfect corners, and kobukusa magic will be taught. Bring your own silk …

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Tiny treasures – Inside Tea

A student did some research on the composition of tea, and wrote a little book for me. It was beautifully put together, with hand lettered pages and illustrations: I learned some things about tea, and the names of the compounds that make up this magical beverage: I also learned specifically how tea compounds affect the …

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