Tag: appreciation

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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Lifelong learning

At presentations and demonstrations of chado, I am often asked how long I have studied, or how long you need to study to attain tea master ship. This is kind of a loaded question for me.  The study of chado is so broad and so deep that it would take a lifetime to just know …

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A party for my kanreki, 60 years

Last Wednesday, I had a few of my regular students show up for class. This is not unusual as students can come as many times a month with their tuition. Sometimes they come  to make up for missed class or they want to come twice or three times a week.  About halfway through the class, …

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Last keiko of the year

As a teacher, even though I teach keiko during the week, I don’t get much chance to practice my own temae unless there is an intensive training in town, or I travel 300 miles to study with my own sensei. During the last 7 years with my sensei, I think I only saw her make …

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End of the year

We are coming down to the end of the year, when the days run shallow and the nights long, we look forward to the return of the light at the winter solstice. A good gomei for these times is: Yonaga – long night. Already I am becoming nostalgic for the year of the sheep. As …

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