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Gathering of the tribe

That is what my husband calls tea events, whether it is Hatsugama, an anniversary celebration, a koshukai, a convention or a large chakai, we get together with other chajin and enjoy tea, sweets and company of our kindred who understand “that we are the lucky ones whose hearts were stolen by tea.” Recently, I had …

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An evening with Margaret Chula

An Evening with Margaret Chula, Internationally recognized Haiku and Tanka poet Please join us Monday July 24th, for an evening with Maggie Chula. She will discuss haiku, tanka, senryu, and haibun and also read from her own work. At the end she will encourage students to write their own poems. She will also have some …

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Making a good bowl of koicha

During koicha temae, the teishu asks the shokyaku “Ofukukagen wa ikaga desu ka?” How is the tea.  Of course out of politeness, it is always “Kekko desu, or Taihen kekko desu” It is good and sufficient.  But we need honest feedback in order to improve how we make koicha.  One of my students told me …

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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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