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First Virtual Chakai at Issoan

Yesterday for Memorial Day, we had our first virtual chakai at Issoan.  The theme was “Then and now.”  Since we are still on lock down for the Corona virus in Oregon, we had to do  it via Zoom.  There were many innovations since the students cannot come to Issoan for lessons, and creative interpretations of …

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How to haiken

There is a time in temae, the tea procedure, where the first guest asks the host to haiken the utensils.  Haiken means to look closely with appreciation.  The etiquette for haiken is to first say “osaki ni” to the next guest before placing the utensil in front of you.  First, look at the overall shape …

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Reading the room

Reading the room is something stand up comics are intimately familiar with. The difference between killing it and dying out there are vastly different. Jokes that get the biggest laugh with one audience may fall flat with another. How to handle a heckler and make them a part of your act is an art form …

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The sound of boiling water

One of Rikyu’s rules is to lay the charcoal so that it boils the water. I will not be talking about the charcoal, today, but the boiling water.

There are no clocks in the tea room, the kama is one of your timing devices. Depending on how you lay the charcoal — farther apart, the …

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New! Beginning Chado: Tray Style Class

The Beginning Chado: Tray Style class begins on Wednesday May 7. . In this class, students are introduced to the principles of making tea, including how to fold fukusa, purification of tea utensils and closing procedures.

Students will also learn good mizuya habits, as well as preparation of the tea room, and cleaning up. There …

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