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Hatsugama 2013 Happy New Year

Happy New Year.  It is the year of the snake, and the chokudai for this year is “standing.”

We are lucky enough to have a robust chado community in Portland and so far there has been two Hatsugama chakai with two more to go.

Issoan Tea School held Hatsugama on January 5 at two seki.  …

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One last opening for the Introduction Class

Ed Note: The class is now filled. Please contact me if you’d like to get on the waiting list.  The new Introduction to Japanese Culture and Chado Class begins this Friday, January 11, 2013 and meets on Fridays for 10 weeks.  We have a new venue at

Portland Tea Enthusiasts’ Alliance 828 Southeast Ash Street, #204 …

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Winter intensive

The day after Christmas, December 26th we had our first Winter intensive at Issoan Tea School.  For my students it was their first intensive.  We started at 3 pm and ended at 9:30 pm.  In between we sat zazen, practiced warigeiko, reviewed movement in the tearoom,  did five teamae, laid the charcoal shozumi and rebuilt …

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The differences are the same

I had the privilege of attending an Omotesenke chakai this last weekend.  Even though I have participated in chakai in Japan, it was very educational to be able to see it again in a much more intimate setting.

I get asked all the time about the differences between Omotesenke and Urasenke.  I usually respond that …

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Another Midorikai blog

I just found another Midorikai blog.  She seems to post quite frequently and has a lot of photos.  It takes me back to the time I was there in Kyoto. Please check it out and add comments, it helps get through the tough times at Midorikai.  Link below:

Fail Better

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