A wonderful day of tea Saturday at the Issoan Tea School. Students celebrated the Star Festival with a chakai put on the advanced class who invited the new students who had never attended a chakai before.
We went through the planning process from choosing a theme, utensils, poetic names, hand made invitations to making sweets.
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I have some new students and they were asking last week what is appropriate to wear to okeiko? What is appropriate to wear to a chakai?
The short response is kimono is always appropriate to wear in the tea room. I almost always wear kimono, whether I am teaching, or receiving a bowl of tea …
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One of the pleasures of attending a tea gathering are the stories told at the gathering. Putting together how the meaning of the scroll and the choices of the utensils along with the poetic names of the sweets and chashaku make for an interesting time.
Some of my students are beginnning to study the kazari …
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