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Happy holidays and a very happy new year – a Midorikai interlude

Happy holidays and a very happy new year to one and all!

The holiday vacation allowed all of us here at Midorikai to enjoy four weeks of much needed rest and relaxation. Many people took trips to Tokyo, visited friends or family, and checked off must see Kyoto sites from their lists. The weather has …

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Happy New Year 2017

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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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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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Hatsugama preparations

We are lucky this time of year to be able to participate in Hatsugama, the first kettle of the year.  It is one of the biggest events of the year, and I have been preparing for this since early November.   I have developed over the years a countdown checklist that starts about 2 months out …

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