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Preparing for this moment

Last week I was in Hood River, Oregon at the  Columbia Center for the Arts for a presentation on Meditations on the Way of Tea.  It was a beautiful venue in downtown Hood River, within sight of the majestic Columbia River.  As part of the month long activities for La Lluvia/The Rain art exhibition, it …

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Student sweets

Here are photos from a recent sweet making class we had recently.  I am especially charmed by the little green frog.

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Kids and the way of tea

I recently presented chanoyu to a group of third graders, that is 8 and 9 year olds at their classroom in Portland.  I had them pretend that they were Japanese students and they all stood up and said “Ohaiyo gozimasu, sensei” to their teacher, and they were very attentive and nearly silent during the 30 …

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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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Rikyu’s futaoki

We have been practicing with a variety of dogu this year in the intermediate classes. I have a bronze set of the 7 futaoki supposedly favored by Rikyu. (Rikyu no nanashu no futaoki). A futaoki is a kettle lid rest, and also can be used to rest the hishaku. These are ways to handle …

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