Tag: chakai

Kashintei Kai March Chakai

I have the privilege of belonging to  Kashintei Kai a tea group that holds a once a month chakai at the tea house in the Portland Japanese Garden. It was my turn to host in March and I decided to use the tsurigama, or hanging kettle.  This is a very special kettle because it belonged …

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The art of the thank you note

As a child, my mother sat me down when I received any gift or attended any event to write a thank you note. It was drilled into me that I MUST acknowledge what someone else had done for me by a hand-written thank you note. That training has stood me in good stead. It …

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Hatsugama Issoan Tea Room

Hatsugama at Issoan Tea room started on Saturday January 3 with teachers and experienced tea people.  Sunday January 4, there were  three seki for students.

Upon entering guests were seated in the machiai.  When the hosts were ready the guests were served osayu and invited to use the tsukubai and proceed to the tea room.

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Robiraki 2014

On November 9, 2014 Issoan Tea School celebrated the opening of the winter hearth with Robiraki. There were 3 seki of 4 people each. A real charcoal fire was laid to heat the water. Because charcoal is so hard to import from Japan, and is so very expensive, we seldom get to see the fire …

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My first chakai

I’d like to introduce to you a guest blogger, Stephanie. She is a student and has been studying for more than 2 1/2 years. Earlier this year, she put on her first chakai:

Earlier this year I hosted my first chakai (tea gathering) for a fellow student who was returning to Japan. It was fitting …

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