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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 …

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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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Final chakai for new students

We have just completed 10 weeks of study for new students, and I put on a chakai for them in Kashintei at the Portland Japanese Garden. They get to attend a chakai in a real authentic tea house surrounded by the beautiful, award winning Japanese Garden.  They also get to invite friends and family to …

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Back home again – final Midorikai interlude

Graduation from school brought with it the same feelings I have always gotten: joy from completing something I set my mind to do, anxiety for things that are out of my control (like anything related to the future), nostalgia for the beginning memories and anticipation for the wonderful things just over the horizon. It’s such …

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Chakai planning 2017

This year, I have several students who have put on a chakai or are planning to put on chakai for guests.  It takes a lot of planning and effort to do this, and yes a lot of courage to do it.  From the beginning to just decide to host a gathering is kind of a …

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