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Making a good bowl of koicha

During koicha temae, the teishu asks the shokyaku “Ofukukagen wa ikaga desu ka?” How is the tea.  Of course out of politeness, it is always “Kekko desu, or Taihen kekko desu” It is good and sufficient.  But we need honest feedback in order to improve how we make koicha.  One of my students told me …

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Presenting the Way of Tea

One of the things I am passionate about in my life is the way of tea. I am known for my enthusiasms, and Chado has kept me captivated for more than 30 years. There are many ways that I share my passion for Chado and one is that I talk about it all the time …

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New place to study Chado in Portland, Oregon

Anyone interested in the art of Japanese Tea Ceremony,  Issoan Tea has a new place to study.  In addition to classes at Issoan,  we had our first lesson at the Jasmine Pearl Tea Company in their Darjeeling room.  It is located at 724 NE 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97232.  Classes will be held there every …

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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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How long does it take?

“From the age of 6 I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was 50 I had attained some reputation, but nothing before the age of 70 is worth bothering with. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants …

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