Tag: Chado

Hatsugama 2016

This year for Hatsugama we changed things a little bit.  Instead of many small seki, we had one large group event.  Our little group has grown up and we had a lot more people to serve.

This year of the fire monkey and the chokudai is hito or person.

Buffet style luncheon and then …

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Introduction to Chado Class

Introduction to Chado, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Harmony, purity, respect and tranquility. These are the four principles of tea ceremony distilled from Japanese culture. In this ten week class, students will be introduced to Chado, the way of tea. The arts of Japan will be examined through the ritual preparation and drinking of matcha, Japanese …

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Kokoro, the heart of tea

I recently had a return visit from someone who came to visit Issoan last year.   We served her tea and sweets and treated her as we would any other guest.  This time when she came back, she said that she was struck by how open and welcoming the students were.  In her experience, tea people …

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Preparing for this moment

Last week I was in Hood River, Oregon at the  Columbia Center for the Arts for a presentation on Meditations on the Way of Tea.  It was a beautiful venue in downtown Hood River, within sight of the majestic Columbia River.  As part of the month long activities for La Lluvia/The Rain art exhibition, it …

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The ties that bind

The student teacher relationship is so important in Chado.  Your teacher is like your parent in that they have brought you up in the world of tea.

My sensei, Minako-sensei, was my first teacher.  Even though she passed away 13 years ago, she is still my sensei.  When I talk about Sensei, I mean Minako-sensei.  …

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